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Referencing: Play/Poem

Guide to APA 6th referencing style used at ECU

Examples showing how to reference plays/poems

Source                                     In-text                                        End-text      
Play
Treat plays like books

(Wedekind, 2007)

Wedekind, F. (2007). Spring awakening. (J. Franzen,Trans.). New York,
NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Poem
Place the title of the poem in double quotation marks.

“Macavity” (Eliot, 1939)

Eliot, T. S. (1962). “Macavity.” In T.S. Eliot, Old Possum’s book of practical
cats (pp. 41-42). London, England: Faber.
Poem
Place the title of the poem in double quotation marks.

“He always has an alibi, and one or two to spare.” (“Macavity,” Eliot, 1939)

Eliot, T. S. (1962). “Macavity.” In T.S. Eliot, Old Possum’s book of practical
cats (pp. 41-42). London, England: Faber.

Additional information

Note. For a more accurate reference to plays and poetry use the following forms:

“The Lady of Shallot,” verse 3, lines 1-3.
“Julius Caesar,” act 2, scene 1, line 21.