Q. How do I format titles from my sources in the text of my document and in the reference list?

Answer

In the document text:

Book titles and titles of stand-alone works are italicized in-text.  Titles of articles and parts of larger works are in plain text (not italicized) and are enclosed in quotation marks. All major words are capitalized in both book (stand-alone) and article (parts of larger works) titles in the document text.

In the reference list:

Book titles and titles of stand-alone works are italicized in the reference list. Titles of articles and parts of larger works are in plain text (not italicized) without quotation marks. Only the first word of the title (and subtitle) and proper nouns are capitalized in both book (stand-alone) and article (parts of larger works) titles.

Example

Book or stand-alone titles:

In text:

The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers 

In reference list:

The coding manual for qualitative researchers

Article and parts of larger works titles:

In text:

"Conceptualising Doctoral Writing as an Affective-Political Practice" 

In reference list:

Conceptualising doctoral writing as an affective-political practice

For More Information

See "How to Capitalize and Format Reference Titles in APA Style" (Lee, 2012).

References

Burford, J. (2017). Conceptualizing doctoral writing as an affective-political practice. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 12, 17-32. Retrieved from http://www.informingscience.org/Publications/3689

Lee, C. (2012, March 01). How to capitalize and format reference titles in APA Style [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2012/03/how-to-capitalize-and-format-reference-titles-in-apa-style.html

Saldaña, J. (2016). The coding manual for qualitative researchers (3rd ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

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