How to Cite a Brochure in APA

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When investigating how an issue is presented by an organization or group, a brochure or pamphlet can be a useful research tool. The American Psychological Association (APA) style, 6th edition, directs you to cite brochures with a small note specifying the document type. As with all APA sources, cite brochures both on your reference list and when their content is directly mentioned in your paper.

Reference List

A brochure uses the same basic APA style citation that you'd use for books, except the citation mentions "brochure" as the document type. So, the format would be: Author Lastname, First Initial(s). (Year Published, Month Day if applicable). Title of brochure [Brochure]. Publication location: Publisher.

For example: Davis, W. (2008, September). Wake up to your new life [Brochure]. Minneapolis, MN: Jones Books.

If an organization is the author of the brochure, use the organization name for the author. Note: if the publisher is the same as the author, it is simply listed as "Author." For example: American Heart Association. (2009). Health tips for a long life [Brochure]. Dallas, TX: Author.

If you cannot locate a date for a brochure's publication, replace it with "n.d.". If you cannot locate the publisher location, replace with "n.p.". If you cannot locate author information for a brochure, list the title in place of the author. For example: How the ghost town was lost [Brochure]. (n.d.). n.p.: Wild West Books.

In-Text Citations

When referencing a brochure in the body of your text, include a parenthetical remark that includes the author's last name and date: (David, 2008). If an organization is the author, use the organization name instead: (American Heart Association, 2009). If there is no author, use the title of the brochure in quotes in place of the author name: ("How the ghost town was lost", n.d.)


About the Author

Jon Zamboni began writing professionally in 2010. He has previously written for The Spiritual Herald, an urban health care and religious issues newspaper based in New York City, and online music magazine eBurban. Zamboni has a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Wesleyan University.

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