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APA 7th Edition Referencing Guide1

A Wintec Library guide to referencing in APA 7th edition style

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Referencing a book or report by a corporate or group author

(e.g., a business, organisation, or government department)

Corporate or Group Author. (Date). Title of book: Subtitle in italic sentence case (edition information if applicable.). Name of Publisher if distinct from author.

University of Otago. (1986). Today's food, tomorrow's health (2nd ed.). 


Reference list entry

University of Otago. (1986). Today’s food, tomorrow’s health.

In-text citations

Page/paragraph numbers are optional for paraphrased information.

The University of Otago (1986) claims that ... (p. 18).

... (University of Otago, 1986, p. 18).


If the author and publisher are the same, omit the publisher from the source element (i.e., after the book/report title).

Locating the author of a source

Using abbreviations/acronyms of corporate/group authors in-text

Use the full author accompanied by the abbreviated/acronym in the first citation. Continue using only the abbreviation/acronym in the second and subsequent citations.

First citation

Manatū Hauora-Ministry of Health (MOH, 2013) argues... 

... (Manatū Hauora-Ministry of Health [MOH], 2013).

Second and subsequent citations

MOH (2013) notes that...

... (MOH, 2013).


It is not necessary to put the abbreviation after the corporate author’s name in the reference list; simply list it in full.


Note: names of government departments
You have the option of choosing to use the full bilingual names of government departments, or one or the other. However, you must be consistent throughout your assignment, and between your in-text citations and reference list.
For example, you may use Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga-Ministry of Education, or Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga, or Ministry of Education.
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