Okay so, in my reference page I used citation machine and when I copied and pasted it on my paper, I made sure to check everything matched with the source within my intext-citation, but.

After I submitted my work I realized that the date on my reference page does that match with the intext citation. For example; (John, 2017), and for the reference page it was: John. A (2018). (Apa style)

Will this result in a zero on my paper?

closed as unclear what you're asking by Anonymous Physicist, scaaahu, Mark, OBu, user2768 Apr 10 '18 at 9:07

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    What is citation machine? Why do you consider this to be plagiarism? What do zero and paper mean in this context? I guess you're asking whether (John, 2017) appearing in the main body of an essay and John...(2018)... appearing in your references will result in a zero grade. No, it won't. I suggest you edit your question to make these things clearer, otherwise it will likely be closed because readers can't understand what you're asking. – user2768 Apr 10 '18 at 7:17
  • Also please read this. – Wrzlprmft Apr 10 '18 at 7:31
  • It looks like the OP is trying to solve their homework, see also academia.stackexchange.com/questions/107899/… – user2768 Apr 10 '18 at 9:06

Unless this assignment was particularly devoted to learning reference organization and citation mechanisms, you might expect only a small deduction of points from your paper.

It doesn't sound like a plagiarism at all, but only as a technical mistake to me (again, unless you explicitly violated the assignment regulations to organize references manually). Nowadays, I would say, it is even preferred to use some reference manager for help – and learning how to use it properly (without making technical mistakes) is an essential writing skill.

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