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APA Citations (7th ed.): Conference Sessions and Presentations

This guide will help you learn how to properly cite sources in APA style and how to avoid plagiarism.

Conference Sessions & Presentations

Conference sessions and presentations include:

  • Paper presentations
  • Poster sessions
  • Keynote addresses
  • Symposium contributions

Include a label in square brackets after the title that matches how the presentation was described at the conference: include all authors listed as contributing, even if they were not physically present.

The date should match the date(s) of the full conference to help readers find the source, even though a session or presentation is likely to cocur on only one day.

Include the location of the conference to help with retrieval.

Conference proceedings published in a journal or book follow the same format as for a journal article, edited book, or edited book chapter.

Template for Conference Sessions & Presentations


Template for Symposium Contributions


Conference Session

Fistek, A., Jester, E., & Sonnenberg, K. (2017, July 12–15). Everybody's got a little music in them: Using music therapy to connect, engage, and motivate [Conference session]. Autism Society National Conference, Milwaukee, WI, United States.

Peters, I. (2019, September 24-26). What is quality in open science? [Conference session]. Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association Annual Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Parenthetical citations: (Fistek et al., 2017; Peters, 2019)

Narrative citations: Fistek et al. (2017) and Peters (2019)

Paper Presentation

Maddox, S., Hurling, J., Stewart, E., & Edwards, A. (2016, March 30–April 2). If mama ain't happy, nobody's happy: The effect of parental depression on mood dysregulation in children [Paper presentation]. Southeastern Psychological Association 62nd Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, United States.

Rutledge, L., LeMire, S., & Mowdood, A. (2015, March 25–28). Dare to perform: Using organizational competencies to manage job performance [Paper presentation]. Association of College & Research Libraries 2015 Annual Conference, Portland, OR, United States.

Parenthetical citations: (Maddox et al., 2016; Rutledge et al., 2015)

Narrative citations: Maddox et al. (2016) and Rutledge et al. (2015)

Poster Presentation

Craig, S. (2019, April 10–14). The cultural importance of obsidian in the upper Gila area [Poster presentation]. Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM, United States.

Parenthetical citation: (Craig, 2019)

Narrative citation: Craig (2019)

Symposium Contribution

De Boer, D., & LaFavor, T. (2018, April 26–29). The art and significance of successfully identifying resilient individuals: A person-focused approach. In A. M. Schmidt & A. Kryvanos (Chairs), Perspectives on resilience: Conceptualization, measurement, and enhancement [Symposium]. Western Psychological Association 98th Annual Convention, Portland, OR, United States.

Parenthetical citation: (De Boer & LaFavor, 2018)

Narrative citation: De Boer and LaFavor (2018)