Map [from Print source using APA 5th ed.]


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Modern maps are likely to have corporate authors, rather than personal authors. Historical maps may be the work of a single map-maker.

Standard Form

Author, Initials. (year) . Title of the map, (Series and series number [If there is one]), scale. Place of publication: Publisher.


Ordnance Survey. (1979). (Sheet NR 75 NE), 1:10,000. Southampton: Author.

Ordnance Survey. (1983). Boston & Spalding (Landranger series sheet 131), 1:50,000. Southampton: Author.

Portsmouth City Council. (1992). Portsmouth City Local Plan proposals map: deposit version, 1:10,000. Portsmouth: Author.

Citation in Text

The map clearly shows the extent to which outbuildings have changed (Ordnance Survey, 1979).

The road layout reflects the location of drains (Ordnance Survey, 1983) in that …

Evidence of the consideration of a tram route (Portsmouth City Council, 1992) lies in the indication of a safeguarded route …



  • Please note that when the map has a corporate author, the term Author is used in place of the name of the publisher, following the APA convention for books. Where there is a recognized standard system for grid referencing, as with Ordnance Survey maps, consider using this in the in-text citation, as you would a page reference from a book, if it is appropriate.