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Reference guide for APA 7th edition

Reference guide for APA 7th edition intended for students at the department of Biology and CEC, Lund University. NB! If you access the guide using a smartphone, the text will open below the menu.


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NB! The APA (7th edition) manual does not contain any specific instructions on how to refer to government publications outside of the United States. The recommendation is instead to format the references according to guidelines in each country. According to Swedish legal practice, you use the official abbreviation for a legal document as your in-text reference and you do not provide a reference in the reference list. Please note that we have chosen to depart from this practice in our instructions by adding a reference in the reference list with information that will help the reader find the source, since the target audience of the texts produced at our departments are usually not legal practitioners. The instructions under this section are our interpretation of how to apply APA (7th edition) to motions. 

When citing motions, you should make it clear to the reader what type of document you are referring to by including either the title or a description of the document together with the in-text reference the first time you cite the source. If you accessed the motion online, include the URL of the website from which it was retrieved in the reference.

Do not forget to consult the general instructions on how to write references according to APA (7th edition), including 

Template for how to format references to motions in the reference list

Motion YYYY/YY:Nummer. Titlr. URL

Examples of in-text references to motions

In a motion on the ban on the mining of alum shale (Motion 2018/19:128), it was suggested that...  

In their motion in light of the letter of the government concerning Sweden’s implementation of Agenda 2030 (Motion 2021/22:4768), Ali Esbati et al. wrote that...

Examples of references to motions in the reference list

Motion 2018/19:128. Förbud mot brytning av alunskiffer [Ban on the mining of alum shale].

Motion 2021/22:4768. Med anledning av skr. 2021/22:247 Sveriges genomförande av Agenda 2030 [In light of skr. 2021/22:247 Sweden’s implementation of Agenda 2030].