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Answered By: Sara Stambaugh, Digital Services Librarian
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2016     Views: 2619

Yes, you can abbreviate institutional and agency names.

If your reference list item is:

National Institutes of Health. (2010). Minority health.

Retrieved from


Your first in-text citation would be something like:

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah (National Institutes of Health [NIH], 2010).


According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH, 2010), blah blah blah blah blah.

After this, you can simply use (NIH, 2010) or NIH (2010) in your text.

Information above is based the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., Table 6.1 (p. 177).

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