APA Style

  • In social sciences—like psychology, anthropology, and sociology—you may be asked to use the APA (American Psychological Association) style for documenting sources.

  • What is APA?
    In this section we are going to look at how you can set up a paper in APA style. Specifically, we are going to look at citing books and journal articles within your research paper.
    When to Document
    In a research paper, you will be drawing on the work of other writers, and you must acknowledge their contributions by citing them.
    Documenting APA Within the Text
    The APA’s in-text citations identify a source by a name (usually an author name) and a year (for print sources, usually the copyright year).
    Signal Phrases
    When you choose to use quotations, make sure that they are integrated smoothly into the text of your paper.
    Practice Using APA Documentation
    Take what you've learned up to this point and apply it in this short exercise.
    The Reference Page
    The Reference list provides information for readers who may want to access the sources you cite in your paper.
    Citing Online with APA
    A computer network, such as the Internet, provides access to material such as journal articles, newsletters, and even entire books.
    Citing Books in APA
    Citations for books have four main parts: author, date, title, and publication information (place of publication and publisher).