Test Yourself - Formatting In-text Citations According To APA 6th Style

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  • 1. 

    Here is a paragraph that a student wrote paraphrasing information contained in a journal article:     In a recent study, a group of community health nurses in Sheffield held 50-minute instructional sessions for parents on how to recognize and respond to symptoms of hypoglycemia in their pre-school-aged children. A short questionnaire (5 questions) was administered before and after the sessions to measure parents’ feelings of confidence. An overwhelming majority of parents (89.6%) reported feeling much more confident in dealing with their children’s hypoglycemia after attending the session.    The information came from p.460 of this article:   McGrath, Kristin; Bianco, Linda A.  Effective nurse-patient communication in diabetes. British Journal of Nursing. 2012 Apr 26-May 9;21(8): 458-470. Which of the options below is the correct in-text citation for documenting the source?   

    • A.

      (McGrath, K., Bianco, L. A., 2012, p. 460)

    • B.

      (McGrath, Kristin & Bianco, Laura A. 2012, p. 460)

    • C.

      (McGrath & Bianco, 2012, p. 460)

    • D.

      No in-text documentation is necessary because no direct quotations from the source were used.

    Correct Answer
    C. (McGrath & Bianco, 2012, p. 460)
    Explanation
    Only last names are used in the in-text citation.
    It is necessary to document a source even when you paraphrase (write the information in your own language).

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  • 2. 

    Here is a paragraph in a paper written by a student:     While voter turnout in presidential elections is usually not skewed in favor of voters belonging to any particular economic bracket, researchers have found that the 2008 presidential election was characterized by "an unusually large turnout of American voters whose incomes fell below the poverty line" (                                                      ).       The student found the citation on p. 40 of this article:George, K., Lewis, R. S., Rossi, P., & Gerrolds, R. (2013). Socioeconomic status and American  presidential elections. Status Quo, 11, 35-46.If this is the SECOND time the student is citing this source, what is the correct format for the in-text citation?

    • A.

      (George, Lewis, Rossi, & Gerrolds, 2013, p. 40.)

    • B.

      (George, R., et al., 2013, p.40)

    • C.

      (George et al., 2013, p. 40)

    Correct Answer
    C. (George et al., 2013, p. 40)
    Explanation
    When a source has from three to five authors, all authors are cited the first time. If the same source is cited again in the paper, then we use just the first author followed by et al.

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  • 3. 

    You use a direct quotation from p. 519 of this source once in your paper:Systematic molecular and cytogenetic screening of 100 patients with marfanoid syndromes and intellectual disability.Callier P, Aral B, Hanna N, Lambert S, Dindy H, Ragon C, Payet M, Collod-Beroud G, Carmignac VClin Genet. 2013 Dec;84(6):507-21. doi: 10.1111/cge.12094What is the correct in-text citation?

    • A.

      Callier, Aral, Hanna, Lambert, Dindy, Ragon, Payet, Collod-Beroud, & Carmignac, 2013, p. 519

    • B.

      (Callier et al., 2013, p. 519)

    • C.

      (Callier, P., et al,, 2013, p. 519 )

    Correct Answer
    B. (Callier et al., 2013, p. 519)
    Explanation
    The correct in-text citation is "(Callier et al., 2013, p. 519)" because it follows the standard APA format for citing a source with multiple authors. The names of all the authors are included in the citation, followed by the year of publication and the page number.

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  • 4. 

    On your references page, sources should be listed...

    • A.

      In the order in which they are used in the paper.

    • B.

      Alphabetically by the name of the first author of each source.

    • C.

      In chronological order, with oldest reference first.

    • D.

      In chronological order, with most recently published reference first.

    Correct Answer
    B. Alphabetically by the name of the first author of each source.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Alphabetically by the name of the first author of each source." This is the standard format for listing sources on a references page. By organizing the sources alphabetically based on the first author's last name, it allows readers to easily locate and reference specific sources. This method is widely accepted and used in academic writing to ensure consistency and facilitate citation retrieval.

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  • 5. 

    How should this source appear in a student's list of references? Veterans often confused about where to seek counseling. (2012, November 16). Newsweek, 219(40), 25.

    • A.

      Alphabetized by "A" for Anonymous

    • B.

      Alphabetized by "N" for Newsweek

    • C.

      Alphabetized by "V" for Veterans

    Correct Answer
    C. Alphabetized by "V" for Veterans
    Explanation
    The source should be alphabetized by "V" for Veterans in a student's list of references because the author is discussing veterans and their confusion about where to seek counseling.

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