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Citing conference proceedings: APA (6th ed.) citation guide

This guide is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. It provides selected citation examples for common types of sources. For more detailed information please consult a print copy of the style manual available at the SFU Library and at the SFU Bookstore.

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Conference proceedings – print or electronic (7.04, pp. 206-207)

Reference in text example:

(Iyengar & DeVoe, 2003)

Reference list example:

Iyengar, S. S., & DeVoe, S. E. (2003). Rethinking the value of choice: Considering cultural mediators of intrinsic motivation. In R. Dienstbier (ed.), Nebraska Symposium on Motivation: Vol. 49. Cross-cultural differences in perspectives on the self (pp. 129-174). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Shennan, S. (2008). Canoes and cultural evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105, 3416-3420. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0800666105


  • Published conference proceedings may be cited either like chapters in edited books (first example) or like journal articles (second example). This will depend on whether the publication is treated as a series (e.g. has an ISBN and an editor) or as a periodical (i.e. it is published annually).
  • For unpublished conference papers and contributions see Rule 7.04, p.206.
  • Capitalize the name of the symposium, conference or meeting.