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BUS 300 - Business Professional Development

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Citing your sources a list of tips, tricks, and resources.

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Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) reference citation:

  1. The Online Occupational Outlook Handbook is
    an entry in an online reference source. Format for the citation follows section 7.02 of the 6th edition of the APA manual.
  2. List the author(s) of the "article" you are citing. In this example, we will have what is known as a "corporate author."  Recent updates from the APA indicates listing the most relevant government entity for ease of use and brevity read APA Blog post 

Author = Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Image shows entry for budget analyst in Occupational Outlook Handout with circled areas for author which is Bureau of Labor Department, entry which is Budget analyst, and source which is Occupational Outlook handbook


  1. Date of the publication; year only needed.  For this source look at the bottom of the "web page." listed will be the date this entry in the OOH
    Image shows the very bottom of an entry in the OOH (handbook), in which a date the content was last modified.

Year =  (2019). 

  1. Provide entry (this is the occupation you are viewing) from your online source.

Entry =  Budget analyst.

  1. Provide the source for the online reference source.

Source = In Occupational Outlook Handbook.

  1.    Provide a retrieval statement to complete the citation with Web address.

Statement with web address = Retrieved from 

Complete your citation. ***Note final reference page requires 12 Pt. Times new roman font, double spacing, with hanging indent***

Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2019). Budget analyst. In Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from 

Citations for personal interviews and telephone conversations

  1. Citations go IN TEXT (Inside) of your paper for personal communications. This is in accordance with section 6.20 in the 6th edition of the APA manual.
  2. You will need to provide the first initial(s) and surname (last name) of the person you interviewed.
     image shown to indicate two speakers are sharing information back and forth
  3. Date of the interview is needed, make it as accurate as possible.
  4. Interview scenario: You recently spoke to CSUSM librarian Judy Opdahl about her career and will use information learned in your paper.
  5. Examples of how you can cite this in the paper are shown here. Use this as a model for your personal communication (interviews, telephone conversations) citations.

J. A. Opdahl indicated that presenting and attending a conference such as California Academic Research Libraries (CARL) enables librarians to share out research and learn from colleagues in academic librarianship (personal communication, June 21, 2019).

Librarians at CSUSM are not only faculty members but are also subject specialist with disciplinary knowledge in a field, such as business and economics (J. A. Opdahl, personal communication, June 21, 2019).