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APA Guide to In-Text Citations : Overview

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When Citing in the APA format, you have a variety of options for incorporating source material. 

DIRECT QUOTE--An exact word for word copy of the original source set off by quotations.

PARAPHRASE--Restates the information from a source in your own words. Paraphrases are roughly the same length as the original material (a sentence or paragraph) and cover the exact same points.

SUMMARY—Restates the main points or ideas of the source in your own words.  Summaries differ from paraphrase because they condense the main ideas of the entire source.

These are called In-text citations.


In-text citations are brief references to the full source. 

The reference page will list the full citation of all sources cited in text.  

Select a topic from the left for a brief video description and example of the rules and guidelines