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APA Referencing - Education & Counselling students: Use of italics

This guide provides information on how to reference using the APA 6th edition referencing style. PLEASE NOTE: Theology students should use Chicago Footnote Style


When to use italics in writing and referencing

The APA 6th Edition style manual states: "In general, use italics infrequently" (p. 104).

Use italics for:

  • titles of books, periodicals, films
  • introduction of a new, technical, or key term or label (after the first use, do not italicise)
  • letter, words or phrases given as a linguistic example

Do not use italics for:

  • commonly used (in English) foreign language phrases
  • abbreviations
  • emphasis, unless the emphasis might be misread

(pp. 104-106)

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

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