Q. Should there be any citation in my intro or conclusion paragraphs?


The APA guidelines do not require or prohibit citations in an introduction or conclusion, so the choice is up to you.

  • The APA Help guide shows a Sample Paper which has citations in the introduction, but that does not mean they are required.
  • Those paper sections function just like the other parts of your paper. Any information that is not your own within your introduction & conclusion should be cited.
  • For example, if you use a startling statistic to grab your reader's attention, you need to let the reader know where you found that information.

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  • Last Updated Jul 10, 2018
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  1. How would you go about citing it? like what would it look like?
    by Curious Scientific writter on Dec 03, 2018.
  2. The in-text citation would look the same as any other in-text citation. See Baker's APA Sample Paper on the APA Help guide (https://guides.baker.edu/apahelp) as an example.

    Please let us know if we can be of further assistance!
    by Patrick Mullane on Dec 03, 2018.

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