Skip to main content logo for Ventura College Library

APA Citation Guide: Basic formats

In-text citations

In-text citations for all resources generally contain the following information:

1. Author/s

2. Date work was published

3. Page number

This information is arranged as follows:

(Author, date, p. page number). 


The APA style has detailed guidelines for the author-date format for in-text citations.  For more detailed information on creating in-text citations for works with two authors, three-five authors, more than five authors, no personal author, electronic sources with no page number and the like, please consult the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University's Formatting and Style Guide.

Reference List

The basic format for a citation on a References page is:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Periodical,     

volume or number(issue). DOI (or url)

Please be sure to consult the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University for specific examples.

Get Help

Assistance is available whenever the library is open (see current Library Hours).

In person:

See the reference librarian in person at the Library Reference Desk for immediate service.

Phone us at: 805-289-6382