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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2019     Views: 7277

APA 6th Edition

Cite quotations or paraphrases from the resource you located via the search (e.g., journal article, ebook), not the search itself. The only exception might be if you're reporting on how many items came up in the search, in which case you could simply describe your method e.g., a Google Scholar search of X resulted in 13,000 results.

For more information, please see "How Do I Cite a Search in APA Style?" from the APA Style Blog.

APA 7th Edition

Cite quotations or paraphrases from the resource you located via the search (e.g., journal article, ebook), not the search itself. In general, "mentions of whole websites, whole periodicals, and common software and apps in the text do not require in-text citations or reference list entries because the use is broad and the source is familiar" (American Psychological Association, n.d., para. 3). If you're reporting on how many items came up in the search, describe your method in the sentence e.g., a Google Scholar search of X resulted in 13,000 results.

Reference

American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Works included in a reference list. APA Style. https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/references/works-included