Q. Do I reference real names or stage names?
Thank you for your question about APA citation style and citing pseudonyms.
There is no official APA rule about pseudonyms, but the APA blog discusses--How to cite pseudonyms.
The general APA rules are:
- Cite what you see, so cite the person as listed in the source.
- For example, if citing a famous musician's interview, it is likely that the interview used the stage name.
- However, if citing song lyrics, those may list the musician's legal name, which would be cited as listed.
The APA Style blog also has instruction on How to Cite Recorded Music.
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