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APA Citation tutorial

Creating Reference List Citations Activity

As you’ve learned, creating a reference citation requires a few steps:

  1. Identify the type of source,
  2. Identify the 4W’s of the work (Who, When, What, Where),
  3. Write the reference citation using the 4W’s and guidance from a correct example (Purdue OWL APA Guidelines),
  4. Lastly, it’s also important to proofread your work.


When creating a reference citation, pay attention to the 4W’s and how to correctly format each reference citation using punctuation and font emphasis (italics).

Complete the activities below to practice creating reference citations. You may click on any of the images to enlarge them.

Activity 1


Activity 2

You want to create a reference citation for the eBook above. Drag and drop each element of the reference citation into their correct box.

Activity 3

Activity 4

Copyright page of an ebook. The resource citation is Creekpaum, S. (2019). Child development through play. In M. Charles & J. Bellinson (Eds.), The importance of play in early childhood education: Psychoanalytic, attachment, and developmental perspectives (pp. 11-18).