Software or app

Important: Confirm with your lecturer whether you are using APA 6th or APA 7th as they are slightly different.

In-text citations

  • Use the software title in place of the author
  • Use the version in place of the year.


It is also possible to push this information via Bluetooth technology to a compatible device (Weatherflow, Version 1.5.0).

Direct quote

Not everything is created in-house, the About Word information acknowledges "Certain templates developed for Microsoft Corporation by Impressa Systems" (Microsoft Word, Version 16.0.4639.1000).

Reference list


Title (Version number) [Form]. (Year). City, State/Country: Company. OR DOI/URL

Mobile phone (app)

Weather Flow (Version 1.5.0) [Mobile phone application]. Available from

Computer software

Microsoft Word (Version 16.0.4639.1000) [Computer software]. Available from

  • Only give reference entries for specialised software with limited distribution. No reference entry is needed for standard software and programming languages.
  • Give the title of software (no italics) followed by the version number in round brackets. Add a description in square brackets after the version number. Give place and name of the company if accessed as CD, or DOI/URL if accessed online.