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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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When citing the works of an organization, company or authority with a lengthy name, you may want to use an acronym. The first time the work is cited, you provide the full name of the organization followed by the standard acronym in brackets (narrative citation) or square brackets (parenthetical citation). The next time you cite from the same source, you may use only the acronym.

NB! Always use the full name in the reference list.

Examples of in-text references

  Parenthetical citation Narrative citation
First time
(Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute [SMHI], 2015) Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI, 2015)
Thereafter (SMHI, 2010) SMHI (2015)