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Cite It Right!: APA Citations

Citation information to be used with the Cite It Right - Got Research? workshops

What is an APA Citation?

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.

Books on APA citations

Annotated Bibliography - APA Style

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Examples of APA Citations and Guidelines for Citations

How Do I Deal With? Quick Answers for Citation Problems

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APA Reference Page or List of APA Citations

Your List of APA Citations - The APA References List

Quick Hints for a List of APA Citations

  • List your citations on a new page at the end of your paper.
  • References - Use References as the title for your list of citations (not Citations, Bibliography or Works Cited)
  • Citations are organized alphabetically by the last name of the author of your article, book or other source.
         (Check the APA How Do I Deal With...? page if you don't have an author)
  • Citations are formatted with a hanging indent.  Watch this APA Hacks video for "how-to" instructions on hanging indents..

Use the links below to see examples of APA References pages.

Citation Generators - Tools for Creating Citations

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.

  • EasyBib allows you to make quick citations in all popular citation styles and manage and save them online.  Please be aware that Oakton's subscription to EasyBib which provides free citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style will end on July 15, 2018.
  • NoodleTools is a full featured citation and research tool that can help you through the citation process step by step.  It can also help you create and manage an outline and/or notecards for your paper, and can help you share your sources with other users.  Visit our NoodleTools help page here.
  • KnightCite and Citation Machine are free online tools that can help you make a quick citation when needed.  You also get some extra features when you register and create an account with KnightCite.

Citation Basics

The Citation. Selleck, Caity. EasyBib, 2014. Vimeo. Web. 15 Jan. 2015.

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APA Citation Puzzles