Q. How do I cite my previous coursework or research papers in a current paper?


For information about citing yourself, please see section 1.10 (Plagiarism and Self-Plagiarism) on pages 15-16 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

This page on Citing Yourself from Walden University might also prove helpful. It provides examples of both in-text citations and reference list entries. Walden also provides an informative blog post on Why You Should Cite Yourself Only Sparingly.

It is important to keep in mind, however, that it is not necessary to cite yourself as the source of your own opinion. This APA Style Blog post elaborates, "citing yourself as an authority on your own opinion is just not done in APA Style—or any form of serious communication."

Please note that this information only serves as guidance. For additional assistance with APA Style, contact the Academic Success Center by email at asc@ncu.edu or chat live daily via the Commons: https://vac.ncu.edu/writing-center-commons/. On the right-hand side of the screen, click the link for ASC Live Chat.


  • Last Updated May 10, 2018
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