How to Cite an Abstract Source in APA Style

Updated March 23, 2017

List the name of the author by placing the last name first followed by a comma. Include the initial of the author's first name followed by a period. For example: Smith, J.

List the date of publication in parentheses followed by a period. For example: (2010).

List the title of the article. According to APA guidelines, only the first letter of the title should be capitalized. The first letter of proper nouns should also be capitalized. For example: Nursing students in China and available scholarship support.

Note that the source you are citing is an abstract of a longer article. This information should appear in brackets. For example: [Abstract].

List the title of the journal, volume number and pages the article appears in. The title and volume number should be italicized. For example: American Journal of Nursing, 47, 317-347. If you accessed the abstract in print, then your citation is finished. If you accessed the abstract online, continue to Step 6.

List the URL of the website from which you accessed the abstract. Include the text "Abstract retrieved from" followed by the URL. For example: Abstract retrieved from http://jstor.com/search/7638.

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