APA Style Joins the Mobile Age
April 9, 2013
With smart phones becoming ubiquitous, many researchers are finding that mobile apps are becoming an important part of research. But citing a mobile app can be tricky – after all, it does not fit into the guidelines for traditional software and it is not the same as a printed product. Here are a few things you should know when citing a mobile app:
Instead of an author, and app has a rights holder. The rights holder may be an individual, but it may also be a group or a company.
Use the publication date of the version you used, even if previous or updated versions are available.
If you are only using an entry, article, reference, or portion of the app, that can be noted just as you would in a print reference. That information simply goes at the beginning of the reference.
List how you accessed the app – whether you downloaded it from the Apple Store, Google Play, or another Web site.
Don’t put a period at the end of the Web address.
Here are some examples:
Rightsholder, A. B. (year). Title of App (Version 1) [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from http://webaddress.com
Article Title. (year). In Title of App (Version 1) [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from http://webaddress.com
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