Answered By: Gabe [Research & Writing Studio]
Last Updated: Dec 28, 2017     Views: 114133

For details on how to cite technical and research reports look under section 7.03 in the APA Publication Manual, starting on page 205.

Basic reference list format for a print report

Author Last Name, First Initial. (Year). Title (Report No. #). Location: PublisherName.

Basic reference list format for an online report

Author Last Name, First Initial. (Year). Title (Report No. #). Retrieved from [Insert Organization Name and URL for the report] 


  • If there is a name of a person listed as an author, list them as the author for your in-text and reference list citations. When there is not author listed use the organization name as a corporate author.
  • If the organization that published the report issued a number be sure to include that in parentheses right after the title.
  • Technical and research reports might not be peer-reviewed. If you require peer-reviewed sources use reports with caution.

Comments (4)

  1. what do you do if there are multiple authors etc?
    by student on Jun 01, 2016.
  2. For multiple authors uses the same convention you would use with other citations. List all of the authors by last name and initials using an & symbol.

    For example: Ramirez, Z. A., Jones, B. C., & Smith, D. C.

    If no people are listed as authors use the organization as author.
    by Gabe Gossett on Jun 02, 2016.
  3. How do I cite a research paper with no authors but to organizing parties? There are over one hundred authors.
    by Unclear on Aug 30, 2016.
  4. If you have a source with seven or more authors you list the first six followed by an ellipses (...) and the last author.

    Like this (the formatting in this example is off):

    Lein, E. S., Hawrylycz, M. J., Ao, N., Ayres, M., Bensinger, A.,
    Bernard, A., . . . Jones, A. R. (2007). Genome-wide
    atlas of gene expression in the adult mouse brain. Nature, 445
    (7124), 168-176. doi:10.1038/nature05453

    Note: The first six authors are listed; all subsequent authors except the last are omitted and replaced with an ellipsis; then list name of the last author.

    In-text example: (Lein et al., 2007)

    As for an example using two organizing parties in addition to the 100+ authors, I'm not sure I understand. If you want more assistance, you can use the chat option ( to get direct help. More APA citation examples can be found here:
    by Elizabeth Stephan on Aug 30, 2016.

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