APA Style CENTRAL recently added and updated tools to help with your research and writing in APA Style. See our previous blog post for details about spell-check and appendices.
You can now cite references in abstracts, figure captions, table bodies, and table captions, in the same way you cite references in the body of the paper.
Why cite within these parts of the paper?
- If your research is a reply or follow-up to previously published work, you’d usually cite that work in the abstract.
- If your figure summarizes data from another published work, you’ll want to credit that researcher in the figure caption
- If you’re doing a literature review or meta-analysis and want to summarize the results of several previous studies in a table, you’ll want to cite those studies in the table body.
- If your table includes results you found using a concept or a survey developed by another researcher, you’ll want to credit them in your table caption.
To cite within a paper element, you can create a new reference, search for a reference in PsycINFO, or choose from My References.
Once the in-text citation is created, the reference is added to the Paper Reference List and marked as cited.
You can read the full list of platform updates on APA Style CENTRAL’s training and support page.
APA Style Blog: How to Cite Sources in a Table
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