How to Generate a Bibliography, In-text and Online Citation in APA Style?

What is bibliography?

A list at the end of your work, containing all the sources that you have used in the process of researching is called Bibliography. A bibliography makes it easier for other people to see where you grabbed the information from.  A bibliography should include the following:

  • Names of the author
  • Titles of the works
  • the names and locations of the companies that published the copies of the sources
  • the dates your copies were published
  • the page numbers of your sources

How to generate a bibliography In APA Style?

Creating a bibliography manually in APA style take a lot of time and if you ever want to update the sources, you will have to do it all over again. Smart people always opt for automatic bibliography, not just it saves time but also ensures that the work done is accurate and correct. Following is the example of bibliography generated in APA Style from MS Word which you can use on all the versions of the software:

Choose a reference style:

Different academic disciplines use a different style, for instance, for citing your reference in APA Style, MS Word will help you to format the bibliography accurately. For that, click the References Tab, then select the APA style in the citation and bibliography group.

Add citations and sources:

Giving the credit is necessary whenever you are using external information in your work. The process in which credit is given is known as a citation. To add a citation, select the location for the citation in your document, click “Insert Citation” on the References tab and select “Add New Source.” A dialogue will appear on the screen. Enter the information for the source, for example, author’s name, the title of the book and details of the publication. Then click “OK.”

The citation generated in APA style will appear in the document, and the sources will be saved. You can add another citation for the source, as well, by clicking “Insert Citation” and selecting the source.

Insert the Bibliography:

Once all the sources are added, you can create your bibliography right away! Select the “Bibliography” command and choose the desired style. Your bibliography will be generated in just a few clicks that will be added at the end of your document.

If you want to add more sources in the document, you can easily update your bibliography by clicking “Update Citations and Bibliography.”

No matter how many sources you add in your document, Word’s built-in tool makes it easy to organise a bibliography.

How to generate In-text citations in APA Style?

The in-text citation is required when you are using someone else’s idea or information from someone else’s paper. It consists of two things:

  • Surname of the author
  • Year of publication

An example of a Web page with an in-text citation:

In-text citation

Role-play can help children learn techniques for coping with bullying (Kraiser, 2011).

Reference entry

Kraizer, S. (2011). Preventing bullying. Retrieved from

An example of a paragraph with an in-text citation:

In-text citation

A few researchers in the linguistics field have developed training programs designed to improve native speakers’ ability to understand accented speech (Derwing, Rossiter, & Munro, 2002; Thomas, 2004). Their training techniques are based on the research described above indicating that comprehension improves with exposure to non-native speech. Derwing et al. (2002) conducted their training with students preparing to be social workers, but note that other professionals who work with non-native speakers could benefit from a similar program.

Reference Entry

Derwing, T. M., Rossiter, M. J., & Munro, M. J. (2002). Teaching native speakers to listen to the foreign-accented speech. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 23(4), 245-259.

Thomas, H. K. (2004). Training strategies for improving listeners’ comprehension of foreign-accented speech (Doctoral dissertation). University of Colorado, Boulder.

How to generate citations in APA Style using the website?

You need to follow the following steps to generate your citation in APA Style using websites:

  1. Open browser and type “online citation generator” or “cite online in APA format” and hit the enter button.
  2. The search engine will provide you with several links right after you hit the enter button. Click on the link that you think is the most relevant. It’s not necessary that you will get the best link on the first page. Sometimes you need to scroll on next pages, too.
  3. After clicking on the most appropriate link you will be redirected to the asa citation generator.
  4. After finding the citation generator, enter all the accurate information that is useful to create the accurate citation.
  5. Choose the APA citation style and hit the ‘enter’ button.
  6. Your citation will be generated in APA format in just a few clicks.

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