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APA Referencing Style : Conferences & Reports

The aim of this guide is to present concisely the basic rules for citing various types of resources in APA Referencing Style (7th edition).


On this page:

  • Reports
  • Conference proceedings
  • Symposium contribution

Conference proceedings: Basics

Proceedings of meetings and symposia can be published in book or periodical form.

  • Proceedings from a book are cited in the same format as a book or book chapter.
  • Regularly published proceedings are cited in the same format as periodical.

Conference Proceedings

Proceedings published in a book form

Katz, I., Gabayan, K., & Aghajan, H. (2007). A multi-touch surface using multiple cameras. In J. Blanc-Talon, W. Philips, D. Popescu, & P. Scheunders (Eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Vol. 4678. Advanced Concepts for Intelligen Vision Systems (pp. 97-108).

Proceedings published online (regularly published or retrieved from a library database)

Herculano-Houzel, S., Collins, C. E., Wong, P., Kaas, J. H. & Lent, R. (2008). The basic nonuniformity of the cerebral cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105, 12593–12598.

Conference session

Fistek, A., Jester, E., & Sonnenberg, K. (2017, July 12-15). Everybody's got a little music in them: Using music therapy to connect, engage, and motivate [Conference session]. Autism Society National Conference, Milwaukee, WI, United States. https:///xxxxx

Paper presentation Maddox, S., Hurling, J., Steward, E., & Edwards, A. (2016, March 30-April 2). If mama ain't happy, nobody's happy: The effect of parental depression on mood dysregulation in children. [Paper presentation]. Southeaster Psychological Association 62nd Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, United States.

Reports: Basics

Technical and research reports are similar to journal articles and cover original research but may not been peer reviewed. They are part of a body of literature and are sometimes referred to as grey literature.


Reference list entry:

Author, A. (Year). Title of work (Report No. xxx). Publisher. DOI or URL

  • If there is a number (report number, contract number, monograph number) give it in parentheses immediately after the title.
  • For online reports, include the URL: Retrieved from "Agency name website: http://xxxxx"
  • Publisher can be identified as an author


Annual report

Radio New Zealand. (2008). Annual report 2007-2008. /1796761/Radio_NZ_Annual_Report_2008.pdf

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. (2017). Agency financial report: Fiscal year 2017. https://xxxxx

Report by government or other organization

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung , and Blood Institute (2003). Managing asthma: A guide for schools (NIH Publication No. 02-2650). http://xxxxx

Report by individual authors at a government agency or other organization

Fried, D., & Polyakova, A. (2018). Democratic defense against disinformation. Atlantic Council. https://xxxxx

Report from institutional archive

McDaniel, J. E., & Miskel, C. G. (2002). The effect of groups and individuals on national decision-making: Influence and domination in the reading policymaking environment (CIERA Report 3-025). University of Michigan, Center for Improvement of Early Learning Achievement. http://xxxxx

Press Release U. S. Food and Drug Administration. (2019, February 14). FDA authorizes first interoperable insulin pump intended to allow patients to customize treatment through their individual diabetes management devices [Press release]. https://xxxxx

Symposium contribution

Symposium contribution:

Reference list format

Contributor, A. A., Contributor, B. B., Contributor, C.C., & Contributor, D. D. (Year, Month). Title of the contribution. In E. E. Chairperson (Chair), Title of symposium. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Organization Name, Location.


De Boer, D., & LaFavor, T. (2018, April 26-29). The art and signification of successfully identifying resilient individuals: A person-focused approach. In A. M. Schmidt & A. Kryvanos (Chairs), Perspectives on resilience: Conceptualization, measurement, and enhancement [Symposium]. Western Psychological Association 98th Annual Conversation, Portland, OR, United States.