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Citations: Abbreviations of Commonly Cited Sources

Abbreviations of Commonly Cited Sources

Below are a few examples of commonly cited sources that often incorporate abbreviations. Also consult our Abbreviations page for more information about abbreviations in APA and our Common Reference List Examples page for some examples of reference list entries.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

First in-text citation:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2010)
 
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2010)

Subsequent in-text citations:

The CDC (2010)
 
(CDC, 2010) 

In your reference list:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010).  Nutrition. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). The CDC guide to strategies to increase physical activity in the community. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/downloads/PA_2011_WEB.pdf

No Child Left Behind

In text:

(No Child Left Behind [NCLB], 2002) on first reference; thereafter (NCLB, 2002).

In your reference list:

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Pub. L. No. 107-110, § 115, Stat. 1425 (2002).

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