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Getting Started Using the Library: Citing in APA

This guide will help you learn how to access library resources and services.

What is APA?

What is APA Style and why would you use it? 

APA Style was developed by the American Psychological Association. The standard citation style guidebook for the fields of psychology, business, education, health science, public service, and social science is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition, 2019. It is commonly referred to as "The APA Manual".

Two types of citations are included in most research papers: citations within the text of the document and a list of reference citations at the end of the paper.

  • In-Text Citations: The APA Manual uses the author-date citation system for in-text citations.
  • Reference Citations: The sources you use in your work are included as a separate list at the end of the paper.  The APA Manual suggests using the title, References, for the list.


For more detailed information on APA 7th, visit the APA Guide: 

Purdue OWL APA Guide

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a highly respected source of online writing information. They have many resources, including an APA Formatting and Style Guide.