How to switch to the new APA Citation Generator

Switching to the new APA Citation Generator is simple. We’ll guide you through the process in a few short steps, and in no time you can continue citing your sources!

Step 1: Download a backup of your reference list

First download a backup file of your reference list in the old APA Citation Generator. Above your reference list you can click on ‘Download backup’.

Download back-up Scribbr APA Generator

Step 2: Restore the backup in the new generator

Next, it’s time to restore your backup in the new APA Citation Generator.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on ‘Manage list’ > ‘Restore backup’.
  3. Select the backup file (usually saved in your downloads folder).

Restore back-up – empty list

Note: If you have already generated citations in the new Scribbr Citation Generator, restoring the backup will replace your existing reference list.

If you want to keep both reference lists, you have to create a free Scribbr account. Once you’re signed in, you can create a new list under ‘Manage list’. Then you can restore the backup from the old APA generator.

Create account

Create new list

Step 3: Happy citing!

Your reference list should now be imported into the new APA Citation Generator. You’ll benefit from improvements like:

  • Creating multiple reference lists
  • Faster and more accurate citations
  • Full screen mode
  • Useful quick tips and suggestions
  • Saving your reference lists safely in a Scribbr account
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Raimo Streefkerk

Raimo is an expert in explaining plagiarism and citing sources. He has been writing helpful articles since 2017 and is continuously improving Scribbr's Citation Generators.

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