A. One Author or EditorB. Two Authors or EditorsC. Three to Five Authors or EditorsD. Chapter in an Edited Book or TextbookE. Entry in a dictionary or encyclopediaF. No AuthorG. E-BookH. Edition other than the FirstI. TranslationJ. Government Publication
A. Journal Article with One AuthorB. Journal Article with Two AuthorsC. Journal Article with 3 - 6 AuthorsD. Journal Article with more than 7 authorsE. Magazine ArticleF. Newspaper ArticleG. Article from a DatabaseH. Google Scholar
A. Basic Web PageB. University / College WebpageC. No AuthorD. Blog postE. Online Reference EntryF. Online Government DocumentG. Document from a WebsiteH. Wikis
A. Motion PictureB. YouTube VideoC. Podcast
A. Electronic ImageB. FiguresC. Photographs and Maps
A. InterviewB. EmailC. Religious and Classical WorksD. Secondary SourcesE. Lectures / Course MaterialsF. Archival WorksG. Tweets & FacebookH. Personal Communication
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About Citing Course Materials

This format would be used if you were citing a set of notes from a class lecture (e.g. PowerPoint slides provided by your instructor), including documents from a course page on the COTR course Moodle site.
If you cite something from a class lecture not included in a set of lecture notes, you would use the format for a personal communication as you would for an interview or email.


Custom Courseware packages are compilations of journal articles, book chapters and other materials selected by your instructor. Sometimes these are called Coursepacks. 

The APA manual does not give specific advice about citing these materials, so you will have to determine the information needed to best cite each resource contained in the course pack.

When citing material that has been reprinted in a coursepack, cite the original source whenever possible.  If you need to cite a source from a Custom Courseware package, here are two suggestions. However, our strong recommendation is to first check with your instructor.

1. Find the full citation where the article, chapter, etc. was originally published, and cite accordingly. Your instructor may have included full citations on the first page of the coursepack. If not, search a relevant database or the library catalogue, or ask a librarian.

2. Treat the Courseware package as an anthology, and the instructor who did the compilation as a book editor/compiler. Therefore, treat the article, chapter, etc. as if it was part of an anthology, or edited book. Most probably you will not have the page numbers, since the Custom Courseware is not a true publication and is not paginated throughout. You will also have to include the name of the compiler, the title of the Courseware, the name of the course (e.g. PSYCH 298), the semester (e.g. Spring 2013) and the publisher (College of the Rockies).


Oden, Q., Mud and Bones - Geology Coursepack. (2014, Winter). GEOG 042. 

         Cranbrook, Canada: College of the Rockies.


Lectures and Materials from Course Management Programs

If you are citing a set of notes from a class lecture (e.g. PowerPoint slides provided by your instructor), including documents from a course page on the Moodle site use the following format.
General Format
Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Lecture title [Format]. Retrieved from URL
Example 1
Barney, J. (2011). Documenting literature [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from
Example 2

Yardish, Z. (n.d.). Tumbling past data [PDF document]. Retrieved from

Learn More

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University offers an online resource which can be used in some cases.  However, it does not include everything required for citing sources in one place.

The APA citation style does not cover Canadian government sources, and has only a limited section on American government resources.

Please refer to the staff at the Library Reference Desk for clarification when citing Canadian government sources.


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