Fix This Book APA Style

Next week we start a series of APA workshops with a focus on reference lists. Here’s a warm-up activity to get you started and  in the mood. Below is a citation with lots of mistakes – got a pencil? OK, let’s fix it.

Michael Gurian and Patricia Henley – 2001, Boys and Girls Learn Differently: A Guide For Teachers and Parents. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.


Fix the Authors

Gurian, M., & Henley, P.

Last names first, followed by an initial(s). Use an ampersand for the second or last author.

Fix the Date

Gurian, M., & Henley, P. (2001).

Put the date in parentheses followed by a period.

Fix the Title

Gurian, M., & Henley, P. (2001). Boys and girls learn differently: A guide for teachers and parents.

The title should be sentence case, i.e., the first word is upper case (as are proper nouns, and the word after a colon), the rest is lower case. Italicize it.

Fix the Place of Publication

Gurian, M., & Henley, P. (2001). Boys and girls learn differently: A guide for teachers and parents. San Francisco, CA:

Put the two digit state postal code after all U.S. cities, even for well know publishing cities like New York. This helps foreign readers who may not know that Newark DE, and Newark NJ are quite different places.

Fix the Publisher

Gurian, M., & Henley, P. (2001). Boys and girls learn differently: A guide for teachers and parents. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Keep the publisher simple but do keep the words Press or Books if they are part of the publisher’s name.

Finishing Up

Perfect! Now all you need to do is format it with a hanging indent, and double space it.

Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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