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Citation Resources: APA

Information on using APA / MLA / Chicago Citation Style Guides / Citation Builders & Managers / Writing Resources & Plagiarism

Why We Cite

Citing your work is about more than just fulfilling the requirements for your assignment; it is a legal and ethical issue.

Under U.S. Copyright Law, the creator of an original work (for example, an author) has the right to be credited for their work. Citations help to give credit where it is due and tells readers where the information came from.

APA Guides & Resources

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  • APA Style Website: You'll find additional APA information here, including tutorials and quick answers about references and formatting.
  • APA Style Central: Citation Manager with writing template and training videos.

 

Other Resources:

  APA Guide: Created by the Library and Writing Center that highlights common reference and in-text citation examples.

         Citation Resources Guide: Guide provides information on the different citation formats and citation managers.

         Purdue Online Writing Center (OWL): Provides examples for nearly every type of APA reference and much more.

How to Cite a Website

Use the following sources from APA to clarify how to cite a website:

What are DOI?

Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) are unique alphanumeric codes used to identify and link to articles.  New citation rules for APA require that DOIs be listed, if available, in place of the database availability phrase previously used. 

   ...If a DOI is not available, the journal publisher's URL is used.  

Try the free DOI Look-up service below from CrossRef.org

Common Errors

Below is a reminder of some common formatting details that sometimes are overlooked.

  • Spacing: Citations need to be double-spaced.
  • Hanging indent: Indent all but the first line of each citation (the opposite of how you indent a paragraph!).
  • Capitalization: For book or article titles, only capitalize the first word of the title, and subtitle. Also capitalize proper nouns.
  • Italicization: Book titles and journal titles with the volume number need to be italicized; do not italicize article titles.
  • DOI: For electronic materials, if you have a doi#, you do not need to include the database name.

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APA Template

Open the template that is linked below, save it to your own document name and location and start typing your paper.

[Template based on document prepared by Aurora University]