apa referencing meaning
APA (American Psychological Association) style is most frequently used within the social sciences, in order to cite various sources. This APA Citation Guide, revised according to the 6th edition of the APA manual, provides the general format for in-text citations and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed.).
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This page includes brief details of each style of referencing used by different departments at Reading. You should always check your course handbook to see which is their preferred style.
Particular referencing styles are preferred by particular academic disciplines because they work better with the kind of texts that are most commonly used in that discipline. At Reading, for instance, English Literature and Film, Theatre and Television both prefer the MHRA (Modern Humanities Research Association) style because it is good at dealing with repeated references to a literary text, but while English Literature use the classic version of MHRA, Film, Theatre and Television prefer the Author-Date version. The School of Law prefers OSCOLA because it has rules for citing legal texts.