Answered By: Theresa Bell
Last Updated: Dec 07, 2017     Views: 400

According to the American Psychological Association (2010), full official names (not abbreviations) should be used in the references (p. 183). Also, "a parent body precedes a subdivision (e.g., University of Michigan, Department of Psychology)" (p. 183). Remember that the form used for the name of the organization in the reference should be the same as how the author is cited in-text. That is, if the author in the reference is noted as the University of Michigan, Department of Psychology, the in-text citation would appear as (University of Michigan, Department of Psychology, year, p. X). If you are considering abbreviating the name of the author, please consider whether or not the abbreviation will actually help your reader, versus just saving you the effort of writing out the full name every time. Please see "Can I use abbreviations in my text?" for more information. 


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