Correct APA Format


How do I adequatley reference an Air Force Instruction both on a reference page and in the text?


As of right now this is my reference

United States Department of the Air Force. (2012, August). Suicide prevention program (AFI   90-505). Retrieved from


and this is my citation within the text.

(AFI 90-905, 2012).

asked Jun 17 '13 at 04:10 Bethany Casper New member

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Your reference citation follows the APA format -- although your document date is incomplete. According to the copy of the document I retreived, the date should be (2012, August 10).


United States Department of the Air Force. (2012, August 10). Suicide prevention program (AFI   90-505). Retrieved from


With respect to your text citation, I'll quote Cornell University's guidance concerning the APA style. "The names of groups that serve as authors (corporate authors) are usually written out each time they appear in a text reference. When appropriate, the names of some corporate authors are spelled out in the first reference and abbreviated in all subsequent citations. The general rule for abbreviating in this manner is to supply enough information in the text citation for a reader to locate its source in the Reference List without difficulty."


So (U.S. Department of the Air Force, AFI 90-905, 2012). You should also include the specific page reference if applicable.

link comment answered Jun 17 '13 at 05:23 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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