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According to this site, when you're using the APA reference style, if a source has 3-5 authors, all authors should be mentioned in the first in-text citation, while only the first author need to be mentioned in the subsequent citation. Does "subsequent" applies to the whole work or just the current chapter or section?

I am writing a master thesis.

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    I'm pretty sure you could just look this up in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, but I don't really want to spend $25 on the ebook version to check. You might be able to find a copy of it in your university's library, though. – nick012000 Jul 2 at 12:30
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The website seems pretty clearly to refer to "document", not chapter. You should believe them and assume that they probably thought about it and didn't make an exception for a reason.

The intent is to clearly reference back to a particular source without unnecessarily making the document harder to read.

Document.

An exception might be assumed if the "thesis" is really just a collection of papers, possibly already published. Then, it might be assumed that "document" and "chapter" are the same thing, rather than "document" and "thesis".

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