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How to Cite a PDF in APA Style | Format & Examples

Published on December 17, 2020 by Jack Caulfield . Revised on December 27, 2023.

APA Style doesn’t provide a specific citation format for PDFs. Instead, you’ll have to determine what kind of source the PDF is (e.g., a book, a journal article) and cite it in the appropriate format.

If you’re not sure what type of source you’re dealing with, look for clues in the PDF. For example, you might find the name of the larger publication the PDF comes from, which you can then look up to see what kind of source it is. If you received the PDF from an instructor, you can always ask them to clarify how to cite it.

This article explains the formats for several source types you might encounter in PDF form below.

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Citing a book in pdf form, citing a journal article, citing a dissertation or thesis, citing a report, citing a white paper, citing a brochure, citing a newspaper or magazine article.

Books, or extracts from books, may be encountered online in PDF form. A book will generally include a copyright page with the details of publication. To cite an online book like this, list the usual information for a book, followed by a URL or DOI at the end.

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Journal articles will usually indicate the volume, issue, and name of the journal they’re published in.

Journal articles published as PDFs often use an e-locator (the letter “e” followed by a series of numbers, e.g. e1034762) instead of a page range to identify their location within the journal. If the article cited lacks a page range, use the e-locator instead.

A dissertation or thesis published online will often be in PDF form. These will generally feature a title page clearly marking them as a dissertation or thesis.

List the author, date, and title, followed by the type of document (e.g. “Master’s thesis”) and university in square brackets, the name of the website, and finally the URL.

Reports are frequently accessed online in PDF form. They will generally clearly identify the organization they’re published by and frequently list a report number. They may also have “report” in the title.

Include the title, author, date, publisher, report number (if available), and the URL.

A white paper is a type of report presenting the ideas, policy, or proposals of the organization that issued it (e.g., a government or business) concerning a particular topic.

The format for citing one is similar to that for a report, except that white papers generally don’t have report numbers, and the label “White paper” in square brackets appears after the title instead.

Brochures and pamphlets are small, informative promotional texts designed, for example, to introduce an exhibition or advertise a range of products or services.

Brochures encountered in PDF form are cited in a similar format to reports. Note that when the organization listed as author is the same as the publisher (as in the example below), you should only list it once.

When you encounter a newspaper or magazine article in PDF form, the page numbers will generally be available, so that you can just cite it in the format for a print article .

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Title: task contamination: language models may not be few-shot anymore.

Abstract: Large language models (LLMs) offer impressive performance in various zero-shot and few-shot tasks. However, their success in zero-shot and few-shot settings may be affected by task contamination, a potential limitation that has not been thoroughly examined. This paper investigates how zero-shot and few-shot performance of LLMs has changed chronologically over time. Utilizing GPT-3 series models and several other recent open-sourced LLMs, and controlling for dataset difficulty, we find that on datasets released before the LLM training data creation date, LLMs perform surprisingly better than on datasets released after. This strongly indicates that, for many LLMs, there exists task contamination on zero-shot and few-shot evaluation for datasets released prior to the LLMs' training data creation date. Additionally, we utilize training data inspection, task example extraction, and a membership inference attack, which reveal further evidence of task contamination. Importantly, we find that for classification tasks with no possibility of task contamination, LLMs rarely demonstrate statistically significant improvements over simple majority baselines, in both zero and few-shot settings.

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1. This Question Paper has 5 Sections A, B, C, D and E.

2. Section A has 20 MCQs carrying 1 mark each

3. Section B has 5 questions carrying 02 marks each.

4. Section C has 6 questions carrying 03 marks each.

5. Section D has 4 questions carrying 05 marks each.

6. Section E has 3 case based integrated units of assessment (04 marks each) with sub-parts of the values of 1, 1 and 2 marks each respectively.

1 . If two positive integers m and n are expressible in the form m = pq 3  and n = p 3 q 2 , where p, q are prime numbers, then HCF (m, n) = 

(b) pq 2  

(c) p 3 q 3

2. If α and β are the zeroes of the polynomials 2x2 + 3x +5, then the value of 1/α + 1/β is:

(c) 3/5  

3. If the lines given by 3x+2ky=2 and 2x+5y+1=0 are parallel, then the value of k is

(c) 15/4 

4. The pair of equation x+2y+5=0 and -3x-6y+1=0 have :

(a) A unique solution

(b) Exactly two solutions

(c) Infinitely many solutions

(d) No Solution

5. The list of numbers – 10, – 6, – 2, 2,... is

(a) an AP with d = – 16

(b) an AP with d = 4

(c) an AP with d = – 4

(d) not an AP

6. The line 3x + y – 9 = 0 divides the line joining the points (1, 3) and (2, 7) internally in the ratio

(a) 3 : 4 

7. If (a/3, 4) is the mid-point of the segment joining the points P(-6, 5) and R(-2, 3), then the value of ‘a’ is

(c) -12 

8. In the figure given below, KP/PM=4/13, and KN = 20.4 cm, then the value of KQ is:

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(b) 3.8 cm  

(c) 4.8 cm 

9. APB is a tangent to a circle with centre O, at point P. If < QPB = 50 0 , then the measure of <POQ is:

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(a)120 0  

10. In the fig. if the semi perimeter of ∆ABC = 23cm, then AF + BD + CE is

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(c) 23cm 

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