||[Sep. 27th, 2011|11:17 pm]
The Question Club
Is there anyone here who knows APA in text citations well?|
Here's my question, for any of you who do, and I apologize if it's not worded well. I'll try to make it concise as possible:
From my understanding, under APA, I introduce the author first, and give the year of their work, i.e. I say, "According to sociologist Hamon, in Human Sexuality (2010)"... yadda yadda (for the record, I made up that book/person). Then, after that, I've heard I give the quote, so in my paper, it'd be,
According to sociologist Hamon, in Human Sexuality (2010), "Humans are naturally drawn to sex" (p. 10). After the quote, I give the page number, with the p.
Here's my question: Do I absolutely have to introduce the author first? I know in MLA style citations, I don't have to. I could say something like:
He is so honored in sociology today that "the blah award recognizes a lucky recepient yearly for blah blah blah" (Hamon 10). In APA citation, could I do the same thing? Could I give the same quote and then, at the end, put (Hamon p. 10)? Or is it absolutely necessary to introduce the author first? I know in both MLA and APA it is advised, but sometimes you don't need to, so I don't know if it's possible to omit that in APA style.
Thanks, TQC-ers! Let me know if this was confusing or you want me to clear something up. :)
ETA: Bonus question! Would it be okay/appropriate to e-mail my professor and say, hey, I'm getting a bit confused by APA, could you look over a couple of my citations and tell me if I'm doing it right, and then list out a few lines with a couple different citations? Obviously I wouldn't attach my entire paper, but I don't want to get marked down on something so silly :\