APA is a style guide for citations from the American Psychological Association (APA).
Citation style guides show you what information to include in each citation and how to organize your list of citations.
APA citation style is primarily used for research papers in nursing and social sciences classes although some instructors in other subject areas also use APA.
Quick Hints for a List of APA Citations
Use the links below to see examples of APA References pages.
How can a citation generator help you?
Citation generators use online forms to create a citation in various formats such as MLA, APA, Chicago, and more. You (the researcher) type your bibliographic data into the form and the site generates a citation in the format requested. It will also correctly sort and alphabetize your list when you collect and store more then one citation.
Some citation generators display the citation on the screen, but don't save the citation. Other sites offer citation management services, such as saving your citations, organizing your paper, notecards, and outline, and also may help to organize and understand citation building as you perform your research.
Remember - you are always responsible for the accuracy of your citations. Citation generators are convenient to use, but may not always be 100% accurate. Also remember that the citation and the Works Cited/References list you create is only as accurate as the data you input! ("garbage in, garbage out")
Please don't hesitate to ask one of the Oakton librarians if you need help with citing your sources.