Quoting Song Lyrics In A Research Paper

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American Psychological Association (APA) style is commonly used for citing references in student papers in science, medical, public health, health sciences and nursing as well as the social science.

 The purpose of documentation is to:

  • Identify (cite) other people’s ideas and information used within your essay or term paper.
  • Indicate the authors or sources of these in a References list at the end of your paper.

This guide is based on the APA Manual (6th ed.) that was published in 2009.

The following sections provide you with information and examples that will help you to cite the sources that you come across during your research. 

General Style Guidelines


Journal/Magazine Articles

Web Sites

Audiovisual Media


Other Sources

For more examples and information, consult the following publications:

APA Manual (6th ed.)

BF76.7 .P83 2010  Main Reference Collection 1st Floor


How to put lyrics into an Essay?

I'm writing my research paper on music as a form of protest and I need examples of the specific artists I want to use, their lyrics. But I have no idea how I put them into the essay. The lyrics. It's confusing me and I don't think I type them like I would a normal quotation?

You can use Harvard quotation style e.g. "lyrics" (Artist, year), and at the end of the paper you mention artist's name, the year when the song was realized, song's name, the person who wrote the lyrics, and you can also post the link with the lyrics and the day you have accessed the link. :)
Great question! Catalina's idea is a good one, and in fact I encourage you to write the paper and stop thinking about it for now. Just get your paper written. It is easy to write if you stay in that creative state of mind that makes the ideas flow from your mind.

When you finish, you can format it like this:
"Just one world that we all must share / not enough just to stand and stare" (author name).
A slash mark is used to separate the lines.


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