What is APA?
The APA (American Psychological Association) Style Guide is used for writing in the social sciences. The APA Style Guide tells how a paper should look and how to cite sources that are referenced in the paper.
What is a citation?
A citation credits the originator of an idea and enables your reader to retrieve the information sources that you used.
Why are citations important?
Citations give credit to others for their words and ideas; this is how you avoid plagiarism. Citations also show how your own ideas are credible -- because you've built upon authoritative, current, unbiased information.
What must I cite?
Cite borrowed ideas or words from any source (internet, video, conversation, your own previous work, etc.). Cite your sources whether you are quoting aother's words directly, paraphrasing or summarizing another's ideas, or using anything that's not common knowledge.
Finding Topics and Research Articles
Finding a Topic
- Opposing Viewpoints Browse research topics.
- Britannica Online - Academic Edition Have a topic in mind? Use the library's online Encyclopedia Britannica to get a working knowledge of your topic.
APA Books in the Library
These books are available in the library.
These online tools can create your citations for you. Always remember to check citations for errors.
Sample APA Papers
The best way to avoid plagiarism is to take careful notes and be sure that you properly cite all sources.