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How to Cite - APA Style

Books on APA Style

  • Writing with style: APA style made easy
    Call Number: BF76.8 .S98 2002 (Stacks & Reference Desk)

  • The world's easiest guide to using APA
    Call Number: BF76.7 .A62 2002 (Reference Desk)

Why Should I Cite Sources?
Whenever you quote or borrow ideas or language from any book, article, or website you must acknowledge this by citing. Claiming someone else's ideas as your own is plagiarism.

  • Citing
    Use citations in the text of your paper when you quote a source or refer to an idea that is not your own. Sources you cite in the text also have to be included in the bibliography.

  • Footnotes
    Footnotes are placed at the bottom of the page. According to the American Heritage College Dictionary a footnote is "a note at the bottom of a page of a book or manuscript that comments on (...) a designated part of the text."

  • Bibliography
    A bibliography (list of works cited) is an alphabetical list of sources referred to and cited in a paper. The bibliography is the last page of a paper.

There are a number of rules according to which footnotes and bibliographies have to be formatted. The two most common styles for those rules were established by MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (American Psychological Association).