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APA (7th ed.), Citation Style: Who (Author)

Common Examples

Building the WHO portion of the citation involves identifying the author(s).  Here are some common examples of different elements of WHO.

Elements of WHO

APA Sources


Group Author - APA, p. 328, #47-#48
Corporate Author; Task Force Report - APA, p. 330, #53
Nongovernment Agencies - APA, p. 329-330, #50, #51, #53
Institutional Archive – APA, p. 337, #73



APA, p. 266 (Offers a great table on author formatting; Table 8.1)
APA, pp. 286, Section 9.8


See Table 8.1 (p. 266)

One author, two publications in same year

When two articles by the same author are published in the same year, arrange them alphabetically by title and add ‘a’ and ‘b’ after the publication year so the articles can be differentiated in text citations. If the titles also happen to be identical, then arrange them chronologically by issue number. For example, (Poe, 2009a, 2009b). Section 8.19, p. 267


See Table 8.1 (p. 266)

Three or more

See Table 8.1 (p. 266)

Author - anonymous

If an author cannot be identified, use “Anonymous” only if the work is signed as thus.  If there is no author cited and the work has not been signed as “Anonymous,” move the title to the author position, and alphabetize by the first word of the title. APA, p. 264-265, Section 8.14

Authors with same surname

APA, p. 267, Section 8.20

Author as publisher      

When the author is also the publisher, use Author as the name of the publisher. See Ch. 10, examples #32, #50, #54-55


APA, p. 33, 2.05


APA, p. 326-329, Section 10.3

Editorial, no signature

APA, p. 320, #19

Facebook page or Facebook post

APA, p.349, #105, #106

Hyphenated initials

APA, p. 286, Section 9.8


APA, p. 326, Section 10.3

Lead author and Nonprimary author

APA, p. 286, Section 9.8

Of proceedings (Meetings and Symposia)

APA, pp. 332-333, Section 10.5

Screen name/Username (for online communications)

APA, p.348, Section 10.15


APA, p. 323, #31

Suffixes (Jr., III)

APA, p. 286, Section 9.8

Surnames, two authors with same

APA, p. 267-268, Section 8.20

Translated, edited work

APA, p. 327, #41-42