I am referencing the MySQL documentation in a paper. Would it be appropriate to reference it in its entirety, or should I create a citation for each page I use since it's very large?

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Cite this work as:

Axmark, D., & Widenius, M. (2015). MySQL 5.7 reference manual. Redwood Shores, CA: Oracle. Available online at http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.7/en/index.html

Since there are no page numbers, give web page headings in text:

Bla bla bla (Axmark & Widenius, 2015, 9.4 User-Defined Variables). Bla bla bla.

  • I recommend referencing the Purdue OWL site for questions about citations in APA style. It got me through my Masters' coursework without a misstep. Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 15:12

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