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We would like to cite SPSS within our thesis. "IBM Corp. Released 2012. IBM SPSS Statistics for Windows, Version 21.0. Armonk, NY: IBM Corp."

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We would like to cite SPSS within our thesis. "IBM Corp. Released 2012. IBM SPSS Statistics for Windows, Version 21.0. Armonk, NY: IBM Corp." .......How do I cite this within the text? Right now, all we have is "IBM SPSS Version 21.0". is this sufficient for APA? Should it be italicized? Please help, and thank you!! :-)

Answered By: Kimberly Boyd
Last Updated: Feb 05, 2017     Views: 16545

Hello,

This is a great question.  I would like to refer you to page 210 in the APA manual.  In section 7.08 the manual states that it is not necessary for you to include a reference entry for standard software and it specifically mentions SPSS as being standard software.  In text, you would give the proper name of the software along with the version number in parenthesis immediately after the title of the software.  You do not italicize the names of software but you do italicize the titles of data sets. 

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