How do I cite software in APA?
Thank you for your question on citing software.
According to the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition, section 7.08:
"Reference entries are not necessary for standard software and programming languages, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Java, Adobe Photoshop, and even SAS and SPSS. In text, give the proper name of the software, along with the version number. Do not provide reference entries for specialized software of computer programs with limited distribution."
If you do need a citation, it follows this formula:
Rightsholder, A.A. (year). Title of program (Version number, if applicable) [Description of form]. Location: Name of producer OR Retrieved from http://xxxx
- Example without rightsholder:
Comprehensive Meta-Analysis (Version 2) [Computer software]. (2014). Englewood, NJ: Biostat. Available from http://www.comprehensive.com
- Example with rightsholder:
Smith, J. (2014). Comprehensive Meta-Analysis (Version 2) [Computer software]. Englewood, NJ: Biostat. Available from http://www.comprehensive.com