Q. For proper APA format, if multiple consecutive sentences are using information from the same source, where should the sources be cited?
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:
- This might be easier to read and more clear for your reader.
- To see how, scroll down to Citing Long Quotations in the Citing Sources in the Text (In-Text Citations) 6th edition.
For other APA questions, consult the APA Help Guide.
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