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Citation Guide (APA, MLA and More): APA "Direct Quote"

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APA "Direct Quote"

APA Direct Quoting

If directly quoting, include the author, year of publication, and page number for the reference.Introduce the quote with a phrase like according to or state the author's last name.

  • According to Smith (2017), "First-year college students struggle with the lack of sleep, good eating habits, and APA style" (p. 23).
  • Smith (2017) discovered "first-year college students struggle with lack of sleep, good eating habits, and APA style" (p.23); what does that mean for college health officers, librarians, and teachers?

If you do not name the author in the sentence, list it with the date and page numbers after the quotation.

  • She said, "First-year college students struggle with lack of sleep, good eating habits, and APA style" (Roberts, 2017, p.199), and listed several solutions.