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Citing Business Sources in APA Style: About & Additional Help

About & Disclaimer

This guide is created to help students cite business resources in APA style. The examples in the guide are adaptations based on interpretation of APA rules (6th ed.), as APA doesn't provide specific instructions or examples for unique business resources like annual reports or company profiles. 

Additional recommendation from Purdue OWL:

While the APA manual provides many examples of how to cite common types of sources, it does not provide rules on how to cite all types of sources. Therefore, if you have a source that APA does not include, APA suggests that you find the example that is most similar to your source and use that format. For more information, see page 193 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing).

APA style is often used by researchers in the social sciences such as psychology, education, and business, while MLA style is used mostly in the humanities such as language, literature, and art. For example, APA has guidelines on citing data sets, which are important to social science disciplines, while MLA doesn't. It's recommended that business students use APA style whenever possible. 

However, always check with your instructor about the expected style and any special requirements. If you want to contribute an article to an academic journal, check the journal website (there should be a section called "instruction/information for authors", "submission guidelines", or something similar), as different publications may have their own unique styles. 

APA Guides & Tutorials

Additional Examples

Many other libraries created guides on citing specific business resources. You can find examples by googling cite [database/source name] APA. However, examples for even the same source are based on personal interpretation and may not be identical. Use your best judgment based on your own understanding of APA rules. 

The following guides were consulted in the creation of this guide:

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