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