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How to Reference a Policy Document in APA Format

Updated March 23, 2017

Step 1

List the name of the author or organization responsible for the document, followed by a period.

If the document has one author, the information should be presented as follows:

Smith, J.

If the document has more than one author, the information should be presented as follows:

Smith, J., Jones, B., & Lincoln, A.

If the document has no specific author and was authored by an organization, the information should be presented as follows:

Federal Aviation Administration.

Step 2

List the year of publication enclosed in parentheses and followed by a period. The information should be presented as follows:

(2008).

Step 3

List the title of the policy document, followed by a period. Only capitalize the first letter of the document's title. Make sure that the title appears in italics.

Step 4

List the volume number only if you are citing a multivolume work. The information should be presented as follows:

(vol. 4).

(vols. 4-5).

Step 5

List the series number if applicable. The information should be presented as follows:

(FAA Publication 04-067).

Step 6

List the city and two-letter state abbreviation where the document was published, followed by a colon. According to APA style, major cities such as Boston, Chicago and New York do not need to be followed by the state. For example: Boston: Wiley; but, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Step 7

List the name of the publisher or publishing organization, followed by a period.

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Tips

  • According to APA Style guidelines, items in a reference list should be double-spaced.

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