American Psychological Association (APA) Style is an editorial style, or rules that a publisher uses to ensure consistent presentation of written material. Citing your sources in APA style gives credit to the works of others and helps your readers go back and find the information you present.
For more in-depth information about APA Style, you can check out the following resources:
See below for an interactive tutorial on APA citation and a sample paper formatted in APA style.
Some databases and websites will auto-generate citations for you. This is a great starting place for a citation, but they are not always accurate. Check an auto-generated citation with a stylebook or guide before submitting a paper.
Some databases, like Academic Search Complete, include a "cite" feature that will auto-generate APA, MLA, Chicago and other citations.
If there isn't an auto-generated citation within a database, try one of these free citation generator cites. You can also ask a librarian or the writing center!
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