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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