Help! How do I cite ____?
Follow these steps:
- What are the important elements of the source? -- author, title (journal and article if needed), publication date, publication info, electronic retrieval info (such as DOI or homepage of the journal or website, if applicable)
- What format of source is it? -- electronic vs. print. (Did you get it from a computer originally? Even if you printed it off, it's still electronic!)
- What type of source is it? -- magazine, journal, newspaper, regular book, reference book, video, audio, picture...
- Using #2 and #3, find the closest-matching source citation example that you know is correct. Use your elements from #1, and make your citation match the example. Use examples from here:
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In addition, know that the APA Style Manual does not cover every single type of citation. From the APA Manual of Style, chapter 7:
Occasionally … you may need to use a reference for a source for which this chapter does not provide specific guidance. In such a case, choose the example that is most like your source and follow that format.