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Citing Sources: APA Style

Citation Generators

Here are a few tools you may use to generate citations easily for use in your research paper.  These are based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th Edition) and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition).
To create your citation, simply choose the appropriate style (MLA or APA), fill out the required information, and submit to obtain your citation.  It's that easy!

NOTE: The MLA Handbook 8th was published in 2016.

Avoiding Plagiarism

When conducting research and writing papers, it is important to give credit to other authors' ideas.  It is considered plagiarism to use other authors' ideas and not give them proper credit


The following links are helpful in understanding plagiarism and how to avoid it in your papers:

Evaluating Information

The CRAAP Test can help you evaluate information when conducting research.  It includes a list of questions to ask yourself when evaluating any type of source.  Please see the following links for detailed information on the CRAAP Test:

APA Citation Style

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APA Style by the American Psychological Association is used often to cite sources within the Social Sciences and some Natural Sciences.  The 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association provides up-to-date information on how to properly cite sources in your paper in APA Style.  See the resources below for citing in APA Style:

Books

General Format for Books

Last Name, First Name (Initial). Middle Name (Initial). (Date).  Book title. Location: Publisher.

Example: Ostwald, M. (2009). Language and history in ancient Greek culture.                         Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Edited Book, No Author

Jones, J. C. (Ed.). (1986). Divorce in America: A case study. New York: Free Press.

For more information on how to cite other types of sources in APA style please visit:       Purdue OWL: APA Format Guide

Journal Articles

General Format for Journal Articles

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical,       volume number(issue number), pages.

Example: Freely, R. A. (1998). Fairytales in modern Russian literature. Slavic Writing,                          22(7), 233-277.

Journal article from an online database

Smyth, A. M., Parker, A. L., & Pease, D. L. (2002). A study of enjoyment of peas. Journal       of Abnormal Eating, 8(3), 120-125. Retrieved from http://www.articlehomepage.com            /full/url/

For more information on how to cite other types of sources in APA style please visit:       Purdue OWL: APA Format Guide