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 official APA style blog does discuss it here: How to cite pseudonyms.
The general APA rules are:
- Cite what you see, so cite the person as listed.
- For example, if writing about an interview with a famous musician, it is likely that the interview used the stage name.
- However, if citing song lyrics from the liner notes, it may have 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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