Q. Do I reference real names or stage names?


Thank you for your question about APA and citing pseudonyms. 

The APA blog has a post--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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  • Last Updated Jun 14, 2019
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