Example APA Style: Software

According to the APA Style you don’t have to record ‘’standard software’’ like Microsoft Word, Java, Adobe Photoshop or SPSS, in your reference list.

If you use special software, you have to record it. In that case remember to record the reference using the correct APA Style.

When an individual person holds the rights for the software, the name of that individual is recorded as the author. Otherwise the software has to be handled as an unwritten document. In that case you can use the title of the software for the author’s name. If the software is online accessible, use the URL instead of the name of the publisher and the location.

Software with author

 Software with author
APA-formatRightsholderName. (Year). TitleSoftware (VersionNumber[Software]. Retrieved from http://WebAdress
In reference listJetBrains s.r.o. (2015). JetBrains PhpStorm (8.0.3) [Software]. Retrieved from https://www.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/
In the text
  • According to the software ‘JetBrains PhpStorm (8.0.3)’ … (JetBrains s.r.o., 2015).
  • JetBrains s.r.o. (2015) suggested in the Software ‘JetBrains PhpStorm (8.0.3)’ that … .
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Software without author

 Software without author
APA-formatTitleSoftware (VersionNumber) [Software]. (Year). Retrieved from http://WebAdress
In reference listSuper software (8.0.3) [Software] (2015). Retrieved from https://www.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/
In the text
  • According to the software ‘JetBrains PhpStorm (8.0.3)’ … (Super software, 2015).
  • JetBrains s.r.o. (2015) suggested in the software ‘Super software (8.0.3)’ that … .
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