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How do I cite a group author in APA Style?

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You may use a corporate or group author name in place of a person’s name. Regarding whether to abbreviate the title of the author,

the names of groups that serve as authors. . . are usually spelled out each time they appear in a text citation. The names of some group authors are spelled out in the first citation and abbreviated thereafter. In deciding whether to abbreviate the name of a group author, use the general rule that you need to give enough information in the text citation for the reader to locate the entry in the reference list without difficulty. If the name is long and cumbersome and if the abbreviation is familiar or readily understandable, you may abbreviate the name in the second and subsequent citations. If the name is short or the abbreviations would not be readily understandable, write out the name each time it occurs. (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 176)

Use the full name of the author in the reference list. See page 176 in the APA manual for more information.

Example citation: (Royal Roads University, 2001) or (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [CBC], year)

Example reference list entry:

Royal Roads University. (2001). The university. Retrieved from 


American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. 

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