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APA Style Guide, 7th Edition: Classical Works

The most current edition of APA style guide

Formatting your References

Formatting Your References

Once you type your references on the reference page, you will need to put in a hanging indent and double-space the entire reference list. In Microsoft Word, highlight the references from A to Z, then find the paragraph function in the Word ribbon. Select Hanging under Indentation and Double under spacing. See the Formatting your References tab for instructions on doing this on a Mac or in Google Docs.


Abbas, D. D. F. (2020). Manipulating of audio-visual aids in the educational processes in Al-Hilla University College. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 24(3), 1248-1263.

The citation above may not indicate a hanging indent depending on the device you are using to view it.  The second and all subsequent lines of APA formatted references use a hanging indent.

Classical Works


Material Type           In-text Citation              Reference                                                        

Major Greek and Roman classics or classical religious works require an in-text citation only, you do not need to include a full reference in your reference list.                                                         

Classical Greek work, date unknown


(Homer, trans. 1996).


(King James Version).

Give the original author and then the date it was translated.


Give the name of the version you used followed by the word Version.

Classic work, date known

Austen (1813/2003).

Austen, J. (2003). Pride and prejudice. Barnes & Noble Classics.

If you know the date the text was created give the original date as well as the copyright date in-text; use the copyright date of the edition you are using for the full reference at the end of your paper.

Bible Job 2:7-10 (King James Version).

Use the numbers that correspond to the book, chapter, verse, line, or canto for classics rather than the page numbers as these are standard across all versions.