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APA 6th Edition

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).

Reference

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

APA 7th Edition

Use plain text in sentence case, in which all words are lowercase except for words following end punctuation (periods, question marks, exclamation marks) or colons, proper nouns, and the first word of a title or subtitle, for the following resources: 

  • articles, chapters, and other works that represent a part of a larger work, such as a book or journal

And use sentence case with italics for the following resources:

  • book titles
  • web page titles

Use italicized text in title case, in which every word is capitalized except for conjunctions, articles, and prepositions under for letters, for the following resources:

  • Journal, newspaper, magazine, and other periodical titles 

Do not italicize or capitalize additional publication information within the title such as the edition or volume number (American Psychological Association, 2020, p. 290); abbreviate and include the volume or edition of the resource in parentheses immediately after the title and before the period (e.g, Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.)). 

Reference

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