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APA Citation Style: Course Materials

This guide provides information on the 7th edition of APA Citation Style as used at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Course Materials

Course materials are learning materials for a course that your instructor gives you access to through D2L/Brightspace (SAIT's learning management system). Some examples of course materials are modules contained on your D2L/Brightspace course pages and PowerPoint presentations and PDF or Word documents posted on your D2L/Brightspace course pages. You should only use the templates below if you can't directly access the original source. For example, if your instructor posts a link to a YouTube video, you should cite the video as you would any other YouTube video.
 

Information from a module within your D2L/Brightspace course page (created by SAIT or a SAIT instructor)*
  Template Example
In-text citation (for a paraphrase) (SAIT, the current year) (SAIT, 2020)
In-text citation (for a direct quotation)

(SAIT, the current year, heading/section name that you took the quote from)

or

(SAIT, the current year, paragraph number that you took the quote from)

or

(SAIT, the current year, both a heading/section name and a paragraph number that you took the quote from)

(SAIT, 2020, Panel Interviews section)

or

(SAIT, 2020, para. 2)

 

or

(SAIT, 2020, Panel Interviews section, para. 2)

Reference list entry SAIT. (The current year). Name of module. In Course number: Course name [Module]. D2L/Brightspace. URL for D2L/Brightspace login page.  SAIT. (2020). Module 6: Job interviews. In COMM 220: Communication & Presentation Skills [Module]. D2L/Brightspace. https://learn.sait.ca
Information from a PowerPoint presentation, PDF or Word document within your D2L/Brightspace course page (created by SAIT or a SAIT instructor)*
  Template Example
In-text citation (for a paraphrase) (SAIT, year of creation indicated on the document) (SAIT, 2020)
In-text citation (for a direct quotation) (SAIT, year of creation indicated on the document, page number you took the quote from) (SAIT, 2020, p. 3)
Reference list entry

SAIT. (Year of creation indicated on the document). Name of document. In Course number: Course name [PowerPoint slides]. D2L/Brightspace. URL for D2L/Brightspace login page. 

or

SAIT. (Year of creation indicated on the document). Name of document. In Course number: Course name [Word document]. D2L/Brightspace. URL for D2L/Brightspace login page. 

or

SAIT. (Year of creation indicated on the document). Name of document. In Course number: Course name [PDF document]. D2L/Brightspace. URL for D2L/Brightspace login page. 

SAIT. (2020). Introduction to APA. In COMM 220: Communication & Presentation Skills [PowerPoint slides]. D2L/Brightspace. https://learn.sait.ca.

or

SAIT. (2018). Behavioral style interview questions. In COMM 220: Communication & Presentation Skills [Word document]. D2L/Brightspace. https://learn.sait.ca.

or

SAIT. (2017). Writing a business report. In COMM 220: Communication & Presentation Skills  [PDF document]. D2L/Brightspace. https://learn.sait.ca.

*Note: These templates were created by the SAIT Library to address the need for guidance on citing sources that are unique to SAIT. While based as closely as possible on official APA Style for other source types, these templates are not contained within official APA Style and will not be found in the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition.

What if. . .

Scenario Solution In-text citation example Reference list entry example
The author is not SAIT or a SAIT instructor*

Is the source only available as part of a module, a PowerPoint presentation, or a Word or PDF document on Brightspace?

Yes:
In-text: Substitute the author's last name for the generic SAIT author information.

Reference list: Substitute the author's last name and first initial for the generic SAIT author information.

No:
Cite the original source (for example, a YouTube video that was linked to from a PowerPoint presentation should be cited using the template for a YouTube video). 

(Wong, 2020)

 

Wong, C. (2020). Tips and tricks for practicum success. In PRAC 350: Introductory practicum experience [PowerPoint slides]. D2L/Brightspace. https://learn.sait.ca
Multiple sources with the same author but a different date*

In-text: No change from standard template.

Reference list: List the sources with the same author according to their year of publication (oldest to newest).

(Wong, 2018)

 

 

(Wong, 2020)

Wong, C. (2018). Communicating with your practicum preceptor. In PRAC 350: Introductory practicum experience [PDF document]. D2L/Brightspace. https://learn.sait.ca
 

Wong, C. (2020). Tips and tricks for practicum success. In PRAC 350: Introductory practicum experience [PowerPoint slides]. D2L/Brightspace. https://learn.sait.ca

Multiple sources with the same author and date*

In-text: Include a lowercase letter after the year of publication.

Reference list: List the sources with the same author and date alphabetically by title. Make sure your reference list entry and in-text citation letters match when you are done.

(SAIT, 2020a)




(SAIT, 2020b)




(SAIT, 2020c)

SAIT. (2020a). Behavioral style interview questions. In COMM 220: Communication & Presentation Skills [Word document]. D2L/Brightspace. https://learn.sait.ca.
 

SAIT. (2020b). Introduction to APA. In COMM 220: Communication & Presentation Skills [PowerPoint slides]. D2L/Brightspace. https://learn.sait.ca.
 

SAIT. (2020c). Writing a business report. In COMM 220: Communication & Presentation Skills  [PDF document]. D2L/Brightspace. https://learn.sait.ca.

No date*

In-text: Use n.d. in place of date.

Reference list: Use n.d. in place of date.

(Wong, n.d.)

Wong, C. (n.d.). Writing a practicum self-evaluation. In PRAC 450: Advanced practicum experience [Word document]. D2L/Brightspace. https://learn.sait.ca
Multiple sources with the same author and no date*

In-text: Add n.d. in place of the year of publication, a hyphen, and lowercase letter.

Reference list: List the sources with the same author and no date alphabetically by title. Make sure your reference list entry and in-text citation letters match when you are done.

(Lee, n.d.-a)




(Lee, n.d.-b)




(Lee, n.d.-c)

Lee, S. (n.d.-a). Asking for a reference. In COMM 220: Communication & Presentation Skills [Word document]. D2L/Brightspace. https://learn.sait.ca.
 

Lee, S. (n.d.-b). Interview tips and tricks. In COMM 220: Communication & Presentation Skills [PowerPoint slides]. D2L/Brightspace. https://learn.sait.ca.
 

Lee, S. (n.d.-c). What to include in your cover letter. In COMM 220: Communication & Presentation Skills  [PDF document]. D2L/Brightspace. https://learn.sait.ca.

My instructor talked about this in a class but didn't give us any written information*

Cite as a personal communication.

In-text:
(Speaker's First Initial. Second Initial. Last name, personal communication, Month day, year.)

Reference list: Not required for a personal communication.

(A. P. Smith, personal communication, November 3, 2015) Not required

Is your scenario not covered in this table?  Ask your liaison librarian for help.

*Note: These templates were created by the SAIT Library to address the need for guidance on citing sources that are unique to SAIT. While based as closely as possible on official APA Style for other source types, these templates are not contained within official APA Style and will not be found in the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition.

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