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How to Make an APA Style Reference for a Student Handbook


A student handbook is a collective source of information about a school's various policies, services and activities. When documenting the use of a student handbook within written material, such as a paper or essay, follow the correct guidelines established by the American Psychological Association (APA). To properly document a student handbook you must reference it as a pamphlet, as a student handbook constitutes a small publication pertaining to one subject, that of the school.

Include the student handbook's author and date.

Reference the student handbook by including its author, date, title, type of document, place of publication and publisher. For a student handbook the author and publisher typically are the same. For example, "Jones High School. (2011). Jones High Student Handbook. [Pamphlet]. Charlotte, NC: Jones High School."

Italicize the name of the student handbook

Place the date in parentheses, with a period both before and after it. Italicize the student handbook's name. Indicate the type of document by placing it in brackets and insert a colon after the place of publication.

Arrange references in alphabetical order.

Format the student handbook entry on the references page of the paper by indenting each line except the first. Place the reference on the page based on alphabetical order.

About the Author

Candice Jones began writing in 2006. She has written articles for the university publication "Women and Gender Studies Newsletter." Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina.

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