Q. Do you always need a reference page when you use APA style?


Thank you for the question about a References page in APA style.

  • APA style allows for References ONLY when there are in-text citations in the paper.
  • If there are no quotations or paraphrases, then there is nothing to put on a References page. 

Some citation styles require that the writer list anything used as research, regardless of if it was cited.

APA only requires cited materials on a References page, so you will only have a References page if you have cited someone else's work.

For more information, check out the APA Help guide

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  • Last Updated Jan 23, 2020
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