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How to Cite Software APA Style

Updated June 13, 2017

If a Specific Person Owns the Copyright

Step 1

Cite the name of the person who holds the software's rights. First cite the last name, followed by a comma. Then cite the first letter of the first name, followed by a period.

Step 2

Write, in parentheses, the year of the software's publication. Follow the parentheses with a period.

Step 3

Cite the name of the software, unitalicized. At the end of the name, add a space but no period.

Step 4

Add a set of parentheses. In the parentheses, cite the version number of the software--for example, "(Version 2)." After the parentheses, add a space but no period.

Step 5

Add a set of brackets. Write the word "software" within the brackets. After the brackets, type a period.

Step 6

Provide publication information, using one of the following formats: If the publishing company provides this information, cite the location of the software's publisher. Add a colon and a space, and then cite the title of the company that produces the software. If the company sells the software online, then write the phrase "Retrieved from," and after a space, paste the URL of the appropriate web page.

If Only a Company, Not a Person, Holds the Rights

Step 1

Cite the name of the software, unitalicized. At the end of the name, add a space but no period.

Step 2

Add a set of parentheses. In the parentheses, cite the version number of the software--for example, "(Version 2)." After the parentheses, add a space but no period.

Step 3

Add a set of brackets. Write the word "Software" within the brackets. After the brackets, type a period.

Step 4

Write, in parentheses, the year of the software's publication. Follow the parentheses with a period.

Step 5

Provide publication information, using one of the following formats. If the publishing company provides this information, cite the location of the software's publisher. Add a colon and a space, and then cite the title of the company that produces the software. If the company sells the software online, then write the phrase "Retrieved from," and after a space, paste the URL of the appropriate web page.

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As a professional copywriter since 2004, Lily Medina researches to expand her expertise in technology, parenting, education, health, fitness and writing. She has also taught high school and worked as a copy editor. Medina majored in political theory at Patrick Henry College.