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APA for Music

OWL Purdue APA Guide

APA for Audiovisual Media (Owl Purdue)



Recording artist. (Year of release). Title of album [Album]. Record label.

Prince (1984). Purple Rain [Album]. Warner Bros. 



Recording artist. (Year of release). Title of song [Song]. On Title of album [Album]. Record label. 

Dacus, L. (2018). Night shift [Song]. On Historian [Album]. Matador Records.

Note: if the song is a piece of classical music, you can list the composer instead of the recording artist.

Note: if the song does not have an associated album, simply omit the section with the album.


In-Text Citation:

.......(Prince, 1984)


In Purple Rain, Prince (1984) wrote about ....

APA Style

*All links and sources reflect APA 7th edition (2019) unless noted.

Style and Formatting Help

APA Style from Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) *Updated for APA 7th edition (2019)

APA FAQ *Updated for APA 7th edition (2019)

Quick Help

Citing sources in the body of your essay

In-Text Citations (Authors and websites)

Creating a Reference List/Bibliography


Electronic sources (Online Articles, E-books, Websites, YouTube etc)

APA in your Essay

What an APA paper looks like (OWL Purdue)

APA Style Guide (Official Copy)

The Library has multiple copies of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). It is available at the following locations:

  • Reserve (2nd floor Check-out desk). One copy is available to be checked out for 2 hours.
  • 5th floor. One copy is available for regular loan period.

The call number is: BF76.7 .P82 2020


Chicago Manual of Style

CMS from Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Book from TMU Library catalogue