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APA 6th Edition

APA Style seldom names resources within the body text because that information is available in the references. Instead, the focus is on the author's last name. For example, "Green (2009) found that...", versus "in his book, What's the answer?, Green (2009) found that...". However, if you must name an article or book title within the body of the text, please either quote or italicize the title, depending on the format of the resource (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 104).

For more information, please see "How to Capitalize and Format Reference Titles in APA Style" from the APA Style Blog.

Reference

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

APA 7th Edition

In APA Style, citations in the body text provide the author and publication date of a resource, while the corresponding reference entry for that resource includes its title in addition to its author and publication information. For example, rather than providing the title of Field's 2009 book Discovering statistics using SPSS in the body text, discussion of this book uses the author's last name "Field (2009) found that...", and the corresponding reference entry includes the title of the resource:

Field, A. (2009). Discovering statistics using SPSS. (3rd ed.) Sage Publications.

However, when including an article or book title within the body of the text, please either quote or italicize the title, depending on the format of the resource (American Psychological Association, 2020, pp. 167-168).

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000