Q. How do I reference public signage in APA style?


The APA style manual does not provide examples for this, but the University of Wellington Library has given the following recommendation:

  • List the name of the organization that commissioned or placed the sign/plaque and the date of installation if possible.
  • Provide the title of the sign or plaque and a short descriptor in square brackets.
  • Provide the location details, including a full address.

Although in many cases very little information is available, list as many of these details as possible.

For example: 

Greater London Council. (1969). Katherine Mansfield… [Ceramic plaque]. 7 East Heath Road, Camden, NW3, London, United Kingdom.

25 Infantry Battalion 2 N.Z.E.F. [Bronze plaque] (n.d.). Wellington Waterfront, Wellington, New Zealand.

Reference for quoted material above:

University of Wellington Library. (2018, August 22). Reference list: Public signs and plaques. Retrieved from http://libguides.victoria.ac.nz/c.php?g=191254&p=4659362


  • Last Updated Feb 13, 2019
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