American Psychological Association (APA) style is commonly used by writers in the social sciences. This guide is based on the 7th edition of theAPA Publication Manual. this guide is intended to supplement - not replace - the manual. Please refer to the manual if you have any questions.
Learning how to cite may seem like a daunting task. However, it is well worth it in the end for several reasons:
To avoid plagiarism
To show academic honesty
To allow others to learn more about your topic.
To allow the reader to conduct their own research from your work
Not "common knowledge"
Whether you choose to add a direct quotation to your paper or merely paraphrase someone else's idea, you must cite any work that did not come from you. That includes but is not limited to text, images, computer code and charts.
Remember when in doubt, cite it!
This guide will help you with the basic concepts of APA. For more information consult the manual.
Here are some links and helpful sites for citing your sources in APA Style.
The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition is the official source for APA Style. The seventh edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect best practices in scholarly writing and publishing.
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