This page contains general instructions on how to craft a reference list entry, and worked examples from frequently used Brock Library Business Databases. Please note that due to technical limitations, the examples on this page do not have a hanging indentation.
The previous pages of this APA Style Citation Guide provide general instructions and specific examples of how to craft in-text references and reference list entries for a variety of types of sources including articles, books, and websites. This guide does not include instructions on using Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) in references.
The following examples are my interpretations of APA Style. You may not agree with these, or your specific example may not match the example that I crafted. Don't panic - follow the instructions in the blog post linked below in order to determine the four elements for your own reference list entry.
According to the APA Style blog entry "I can't find the example reference I need in the Publication Manual, what should I do?", an APA Style reference should contain four elements:
The Business Premium Collection of databases from ProQuest includes the ABI/Inform Collection, J. P. Morgan Research, the Entrepreneurship Database, the Business Video Database, the Accounting, Tax & Banking Collection, the Asian & European Business Collection, and the Business Market Research Collection. It contains a variety of content types including newspaper, magazine, and journal articles; company profiles, annual reports, industry reports, business videos, and dissertations. The ProQuest software can generate an APA 6th edition Reference List citation automatically. It should be proofread for possible errors, and edited accordingly to adhere to APA 7th Edition guidelines.
Tip 1: if the article has page numbers (e.g., a PDF version, or if page numbers are included in the database record), then you may cite it as a regular article and therefore you do not need to refer to the database as the source.
Tip 2: if the article lacks pagination, then you are permitted to refer to the database name or the database URL in a retrieved from statement, in order to guide your reader to the source that you consulted. See the following flowchart to determine when to include URLs or database information.
Gardner, R. (2012, May 14). Brand takes a tweeting. Wall Street Journal (Online). Retrieved from ABI/Inform Global database.
Luxury hotels bounce back. (2012, January 9). The Economist (Online). Retrieved from ABI/Inform Global database.
Murray, S. (2012, April 25). Leaders face a set of complex challenge. FT.com. Retrieved from ABI/Inform Global database.
Tip: these publication types are typically updated on a regular schedule, such as annually or quarterly, and are treated as periodicals. Include a notation after the document title in square brackets in order to clarify the format of the source.
Business Monitor International. (2012, January). Brazil infrastructure report Q2 2012 [industry report]. Retrieved from ABI/Inform Trade & Industry database.
Economist Intelligence Unit. (2012, May 10). CountryData India May 2012. EIU Country Data [spreadsheet]. New York: Economist Intelligence Unit. Retrieved from ABI/Inform Trade & Industry database
First Research. (2012, May 7). Information technology services - quarterly update [industry report]. Retrieved from ABI/Inform Trade & Industry database.
Additional guidance on how to cite doctoral dissertations and masters theses is provided on pages 207-208 of the Publication Manual. Here is a sample citation:
Costanigro, M. (2007). Product characteristics and reputation effects in the wine market (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ABI/Inform Global database.
Business Source Complete contains a variety of content types including newspaper, magazine, and journal articles; company profiles, country reports, industry reports, SWOT Analysis and videos. The Ebscohost software can generate an APA 6th edition citation automatically. It should be proofread for errors.
Tip: if the article has page numbers (e.g. a PDF version, or page number are included in the database record), then you may cite it as a regular article and do not need to refer to the database as the source. However, if the article lacks pagination, then you are permitted to refer to the database name in a retrieved from statement, in order to guide your reader to the source that you consulted.
Note: determine if you are citing the video or the transcript and include the format in square brackets after the title. Do not italicize the format designation.
Gupta, S. (2010). New media and digital marketing. Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series [video]. Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.
Gupta, S. (201). New media and digital marketing. Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series [transcript]. Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.
MarketLine. (2012, April 30). Ikea Group [company profile]. Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.
Note: these reports come from a variety of publishers, and are often "chapterized" so you may be citing a part of the report instead of the entire report.
PRS Group, Inc. (2011, October). Political risk yearbook: Australia country report. Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.
PRS Group, Inc. (2012). Country forecast. Political risk yearbook: Australia country report, 3-28. Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.
The Canadian Major Dailies database contains full text newspaper articles from major Canadian daily newspapers such as the Globe and Mail. If page numbers are provided, then APA allows you to cite the source as if you had consulted the print edition. Insert the page number after the newspaper title, preceded by the abbreviation p. (when referring to a single page), or if there are multiple page numbers, use pp. (e.g., pp. B1, B3).
El Akkad, O. (2012, July 26). Apple eats its own lunch, as consumers fast for iPhone 5. The Globe and Mail, p. B1.
Newswire articles from agencies such as Reuters are often carried by newspapers but do not provide the name of an individual author. In that case, begin the reference list entry with the title of the article, followed by the date of publication, newspaper title,and page number.
Take that, Samsung / Apple plans larger screen for next iPhone. (2012, May 17). The Globe and Mail, p. B2.
Tip: Brock University subscribes to the CPA Canada Standards & Guidance Collection and the International Financial Reporting Standards databases via CPA Canada's knotia.ca platform. However, it is not necessary to include database information. Entries from these sources are cited using the same format as a chapter in a book, or an entry in a reference book.
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (2012). CICA Handbook Part II - Accounting Standards for Private Enteprises, Section 1400 - General standards of financial statement presentation. Toronto: Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
CPA Canada (2014). CPA Canada Handbook Part I - International Financial Reporting Standards, International Financial Reporting Standard 3 - business combinations. Toronto: CPA Canada.
Conference Board of Canada (2012, May 17). Consumer Price Index - St. Catharines-Niagara (Timeseries ID CPCPISC) [spreadsheet]. Retrieved from the Conference Board of Canada e-Data service.
Conference Board of Canada (2012). Table 1 - Help Wanted Index: Canada and the Provinces. Retrieved from the Conference Board of Canada e-Data service.
Burt, M. (2012, June). Canada's paper products industry. Canadian Industrial Outlook, Spring 2012. Retrieved from the Conference Board of Canada e-Library service.
Canadian Tourism Research Institute (2012, June). Travel exclusive: key trends for the Canadian travel industry, May-June 2012. Retrieved from the Conference Board of Canada e-Library service.
Datastream is a commercial database produced by Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters). It contains numeric data on equities, bonds, and other types of instruments, as well as economic time series data from governments and other organizations. APA Style (6th edition) does not require a database name, URL, or retrieval dates. The data set may be cited as follows.
Author (Year). Title of data set. [description of form]. Location: Name of producer.
Tip: do not italicize the title of the data set. You may include a description of the format of the data or information, for clarification.
Thomson Reuters Datastream (2012, June 18). Microsoft - overview of company performance. New York: Thomson Reuters.
Thomson Reuters Datastream (2012, June). Microsoft - price and price relative to S&P 500 [chart]. New York: Thomson Reuters.
Thomson Reuters Datastream (2012). Microsoft - time series data. New York: Thomson Reuters.
For data such as Economic reports or time series data, you should cite the source of the data as the author. Include the series name as well as the source title in your reference.
International Monetary Fund (2012). Canada, Exports to Africa, USD. IMF Direction of Trade Statistics. Retrieved from Datastream.
Factiva does not have a tool to help create an APA Style Citation. However, you can construct your own references using these key pieces of information: Author, Source, Article Title or Section, Date.
FactSet Research Systems Inc. (2018). Tesla Inc company snapshot. Retrieved from Factiva database.
(FactSet Research Systems Inc., 2018, Ownership section)
Scaggs, A. (2017, October 13). Ready for a SpaceX IPO?. Financial Times (FT.Com), Retrieved from Factiva database
Pasztor, A. (2018, February 7). For SpaceX, New Rocket Marks Coup. The Wall Street Journal, p. B5. Retrieved from Factiva database.
Author. (Year, Month Day). Article title. Magazine Title, Vol(Issue), pp. Retrieved from Factiva database.
1. Determine if the report was written by an individual (analyst).
2. Here are suggested APA Style in-text citations and Reference List entry for reports from IBISWorld, where the analyst is named as the author of the report. Since IBISWorld reports can by downloaded as a complete PDF report, it is possible to reference specific page numbers for in-text citations. If you did not download the report in PDF, then refer to the section heading of the report in the in-text citation.
Factors driving industry growth include "new product innovations, rising pet ownership rates and growing demand for price-premium pet products (Cohen, 2016, p. 11).
Factors driving industry growth include "new product innovations, rising pet ownership rates and growing demand for price-premium pet products (Cohen, 2016, Industry Life Cycle).
Author, A. (Year, Date). Report Title. Industry report number. Retrieved from IBISWorld database.
The LabourSource database contains a variety of types of sources such as:
A generic APA Style reference list entry and an example for each of these types appears below.
Name v. Name, Volume Source Abbreviation (Series) Page (Date)
Ontario v. O.P.S.E.U., 219 L.A.C. (4th) 151 (2012)
Legislation is cited in APA Style according to standard legal citation style. In Canada, we follow the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation.
Title of Act, Statute volume abbreviation, year, chapter and section number (if necessary)
Labour Relations Act, S.O. 1995, s. 70
There are several ways to cite entries in an online reference work such as Brown & Beatty's Canadian Labour Arbitration.
Author A. & Author B. (Eds.). (Year). Title of work. Location: Publisher
Author A. & Author B. (Eds.). (Year). Title of work. Retrieved from URL or Name of Database
Brown, D.J.M. & Beatty, D. M. (Eds.). (2006). Canadian Labour Arbitration, 4th ed. Toronto: Canada Law Book.
Brown, D.J.M. & Beatty, D. M. (Eds.). (2006). Canadian Labour Arbitration, 4th ed. Toronto: Canada Law Book. Retrieved from LabourSource database.
If there are no page numbers, APA Style allows you to refer to the chapter title or entry title. Since the paragraph number is often used in references to Brown & Beatty, you can include both elements as illustrated below.
Title of chapter or entry. (Year) In. A. Editor, B. Editor. (Eds.), Title of book . Location: Publisher. Retrieved from Database name.
1:5300 Jurisdictional Error. (2006). In Brown, D.J.M. & Beatty, D. M. (Eds.), Canadian Labour Arbitration, 4th ed. Toronto: Canada Law Book. Retrieved from LabourSource database.
1. Determine if the report was written by an individual (analyst).
2. Here are suggested APA Style in-text citations and Reference List entries for report from Mintel Academic, where the analyst is named as the author of the report.
Two factors driving coffee's growth are investments made by foodservice companies and in-home innovations (Gregoire, 2016).
The latest analysis by Mintel notes that "coffee’s growth is not only a reflection of investments made by foodservice, but also testament to in-home innovation" (Gregoire, 2016, Market Size section, para. 2).
Gregoire, J. (2016, June). Coffee and Tea - Canada. Retrieved from Mintel Academic database.
Nexis.uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic Universe) contains a wide variety of content and publication types including: news articles, specialized company information sources, and legal materials. The source information and publication date are always displayed in the header of the full text document, and Byline indicates the author's name.
Tip: If page numbers are provided, then APA allows you to cite the source as if you had consulted the print edition. Insert the page number after the source title, preceded by the abbreviation p. (when referring to a single page), or pp. (if there are multiple page numbers).
Author, A. (Year, Month Day). Title of article. Title of Source. Page Number.
Chen, B.X. (2014, October 17). New products in hand, Apple tries to reignite interest in the iPad. The New York Times. Pg. 3.
The Company Dossier pulls together information from a variety of reference and news sources. Each source is noted on the screen by a footnote (From Corporate Affiliations, August 21, 2015). For sources such as directories which may not have authors (bylines), begin the reference with the entry title instead, as indicated in this example.
Entry Title. (Year, Month, Day). In Title of Source. Retrieved from Database.
Apple, Inc. (2015, August 24). In LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations. Retrieved from LexisNexis Academic Universe database.
Note: the APA's legal citation style is based on The Bluebook: a Uniform System of Citation. See Appendix 7.1 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition for more information and examples.
The APA Style Blog also posts tips on citing legal sources such as court decisions and legislation.
Passport GMID is produced by Euromonitor International. It contains articles, market research reports, category briefings, datagraphics, statistics, and other types of information.
Euromonitor International (2012, June 12). Nike ditches underperforming Umbro brand. Retrieved from Passport GMID.
Euromonitor International (2011, August 18). Global denim trends: will the growth fade away? [global briefing]. Retrieved from Passport GMID.
Euromonitor International (2012, May 30). Nike Inc in Apparel (World) [global company profile]. Retrieved from Passport GMID.
Euromonitor International (2012, March 22). Developing markets to fuel global growth [datagraphic]. Retrieved from Passport GMID.
Euromonitor International (2012). Women's footwear (World) , market sizes: historic/forecast retail value. Retrieved from Passport GMID.