Q. For proper APA format, if multiple consecutive sentences are using information from the same source, where should the sources be cited?

Cite each sentence or the whole paragraph?


Here are some options for citing consecutive sentences or a whole paragraph:

  • While it may seem overwhelming to put a citation after each sentence in a paraphrase (and harder to read), technically APA style requires that you make clear exactly what content you got from someone else versus what are your own words and ideas.
  • You need to make clear where someone else's narration stops and you begin with your own words. 
  • Therefore, putting one citation at the end of a paragraph paraphrase is NOT APA compliant.
  • If you are paraphrasing multiple consecutive sentences from the same source, you should cite each sentence to avoid plagiarism.

Or, instead cite it as a Long Quotation with one citation:

For other APA questions, consult the APA Help Guide.

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  • Last Updated Feb 18, 2019
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  • Answered By Beth Lofgren

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