APA style is a kind of writing genre that is used in the academic and scientific environment. This is, first of all, a format for the presentation of psychological research. This style includes a set of guidelines for the formatting of psychological work. Simply put, this is a definitive guide for authors that standardizes the process of writing scientific articles and research, contributes to the clarity of expression. Besides, if you have mastered the basics of APA-style, you will know what information to provide and how to do it.
In legal research, there is often a need to use law review articles. You can use the law review article as a reference in research papers from different disciplines. When writing scientific papers in the non-legal field, one of the most common citation formats is APA style. Let’s consider the basic rules of this format of quotations.
- Author’s surname, comma, space; add the first capital letter of the author’s name, period, the first capital letter of the middle name, if necessary. There are spaces between the initials as well. Enter a space, and in parentheses, indicate the year the article was published. Don’t forget the dot after the parentheses.
Example: Smith, R. J. (2019).
- Add a title and subtitle of the article. After the author’s name, enter the title of the material in the usual sentence. Capitalize only the first letter. If the title of the article contains a subtitle, put a colon, space, and the subtitle itself. Type a period.
Example: Smith, R. J. (2019). Land acquisition by foreign entrepreneurship: Problems of legal regulation.
- Enter the source name, volume, page. Put a comma after the name and volume, followed by a space. Close your citation with a period.
Example: Smith, R. J. (2019). Land acquisition by foreign entrepreneurship: Problems of legal regulation. A scientific and practical guide, 5, 121.
- If you want to include an in-text quote, provide the author’s name and year. If you are paraphrasing or quoting a law review article, add the author’s name and year at the end of the sentence in brackets, and type a period.
Example: The consequences of such land reform are its many shortcomings and negatives, not only the agrarian crisis (Smith, 2019).
If you need to mention the author’s name in the text of the article, put the year of publication in brackets after it.
Example: Rudolf Smith (2019) mentioned, that the consequences of such land reform are its many shortcomings and negatives, not only the agrarian crisis.