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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 Reference List Examples

Scholarly Journal Article

Russell, B., Ragatz, L., & Kraus, S. W. (2012). Expert testimony of the battered person syndrome, defendant gender, and sexual orientation in a case of duress: Evaluating legal decisions. Journal of Family Violence, 27(7), 659-670.  doi: 10.1007/s10896-012-9459-8


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.


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

Examples of APA Formatted Papers

APA has guidelines for creating title pages, headings, page numbers, figures, and other elements of your paper.

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APA Manual

cover of the APA Publication Manual



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