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How should I present the title of my resource in my reference in APA style?

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When referencing an article or a chapter in an edited book, “capitalize only the first word of the title and of the subtitle, if any, and any proper nouns; do not italicize the title or place quotations marks around it. Finish the element with a period” (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 185). When referencing a periodical (e.g., a journal), “give the periodical title in full, in uppercase and lowercase letters. Italicize the name of the periodical” (p. 185). In a non-periodical title (e.g., books and reports), “capitalize only the first word of the title and of the subtitle, if any, and any proper nouns; italicize the title” (p. 185). For materials found on a web page, use the formatting outlined above. For example, the title of an article would use sentence case but wouldn’t be italicized; the title of a report would be presented using sentence case but would be italicized (see "How do I reference grey literature, such as a report, in APA style?"). For more information about formatting more complicated titles (e.g., edition or volume number) and other nonroutine information, please search WriteAnswers and refer to pages 185-186 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association, 2010).


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

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