Q. Do I include additional sources that I consulted (but didn't cite) on my APA references list?


The APA Style Blog entry What’s a Reference List For? answers this question as follows:

"Other documentation systems, such as those based on the Chicago Manual of Style, use a bibliography rather than a reference list. A bibliography can be more expansive, covering works that were consulted by the author or recommended for the reader but not cited in the text itself. If you're writing in APA Style, however, that kind of bibliography is not an option."

Therefore, you should not add additional consulted resources to your references list.

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  • Last Updated May 04, 2017
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  • Answered By Amanda Bezet

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