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How to Reference a Brochure in APA Style


The American Psychological Association Publication Manual, used within the social and behavioral sciences, provides guidelines for writing style and format. APA outlines styles for citing all kinds of print sources, from books to journals to brochures.

In-Text Citation

If information from a brochure is included in the text of your writing, then you must use a citation. This may be done in two ways. The author's last name is contained within the text, and the brochure's publication year within parentheses. If the brochure does not indicate a specific author, the organization involved is included instead. The other option is to put both pieces of information inside parentheses, separated by a comma, such as "(Smith, 2013)".

Reference Page

Any citations in the text must be included on the references page at the end of your paper. For a brochure, the last name of the author is followed by a comma and initials. If there's no author, the involved organization is listed. The publication year is inside parentheses followed by a period. The italicized title of the brochure is in sentence case with a period. Next comes "[Brochure]", a period, the publication location, a colon, the name of the publisher and a period. If the organization has published the brochure itself, use "Author" in place of the publisher's name. For example: Smith, J. (2013). How to grow grass. [Brochure]. New York: Lawns International.

About the Author

Living in upstate New York, Susan Sherwood is a researcher who has been writing within educational settings for more than 10 years. She has co-authored papers for Horizons Research, Inc. and the Capital Region Science Education Partnership. Sherwood has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University at Albany.

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