Q. Do you always need a reference page when you use APA style?


Thank you for your question about a reference page in APA style.

  • APA style allows for References ONLY when the writer has in-text citations in the paper.
  • In other words, if you do not have any quotations OR paraphrases in your paper, then you have nothing to put on a References page. 

Some other citation styles require that the writer list anything he/she used as research, regardless of if it was cited. But APA only wants cited materials on a Reference page, so you will only have a Reference page if you have cited someone else's work.

For more information about APA, check out the APA Help guide

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  • Last Updated Jan 30, 2018
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