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Writing and APA Citation (7th Edition)

Introduction to APA Style

What is APA Style?

American Psychological Association (APA) Style is the writing approach and citation style that is commonly used by disciplines in the behavioral and social sciences.

Why do I cite my sources?

  • Citations give credit to the author(s) who influenced your work.
  • Citations enhance your research by using credible sources.
  • Citations help your readers locate the source material.
  • Citations help you avoid plagiarism.

When do I cite my sources?

You need to cite your sources every time you quote, paraphrase or summarize information or an idea from an author's work in your paper.

  • Direct quote: Using more than one of the author's words
  • Paraphrase or summary: Putting the author's words or ideas into your own words

How do I cite my sources?

APA citations include two parts:

  • In-text citations
  • Reference citations

Publication Manual of the APA

We strongly encourage students to use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.) as the primary source for APA citations. You may purchase a copy of this book at the Chamberlain Bookstore or at any major bookseller. 

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