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Criminal Justice & Sociology (Penn State Berks)

Welcome to the library guide for criminal justice and sociology students at Penn State Berks!

APA Format Examples

For an example of a paper in APA style, please see this example from the APA style blog.

Here are some examples of APA References:


Scholarly Journal Article

Stringer, E. C., & Murphy, J. (2020). Major decisions and career attractiveness among criminal justice students. Journal of Criminal Justice Education31(4), 523-541.  doi: 10.1177/1557085113504450


Russell, B.  (2010). Battered woman syndrome as a legal defense: History, effectiveness and implications. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Conference Paper

Murphy, J. (2014).  “Students as educational mentors in a local prison.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, OR.

Government Publications

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.  (2021, Nov. 2).  Intimate partner violence: Prevention strategies.


Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974, 42 USC §§5101-5106.

Court Case

Blystone v. Pennsylvania, 494 U.S. (1990).

Web Site

To cite an entire web site, you can give the web address in only the text:

NDCI offers reports, statistics, and books about the nation's drug courts (

To cite a specific page:

Meyer, W.G. (2015).  Constitutional and other legal issues in drug court.  In National Drug Court Institute. Retrieved July 23, 2015, from


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APA Manual




You can find the complete APA Publication Manual at the Circulation Desk in Thun Library.