American Psychological Association (APA) style is commonly used for citing references in student papers in science and social science courses, such as Psychology, Nursing, and Social Work.
The purpose of documentation is to:
This guide is based on the APA Manual (6th ed.) that was published in 2009.
The best way to Avoid Plagiarism is to cite your sources.
“Plagiarism: The submission by a student of the writings, ideas or data of another individual as the student’s own in any essay or assignment. Avoid the consequences of plagiarism by giving proper references to your sources.”
The following sections provide you with information and examples that will help you to cite the sources that you come across during your research.
For more detailed information, refer to the APA Manual (6th ed.) available at the library, ask your instructor, or Ask Us.
APA recently published a new manual of style.
Some of the changes include:
To learn more about the changes made in the new edition, check out the "What's New" section on the official APA Website.
You may also want to check out the APA blog to learn more about the corrections made to the new APA manual (6th ed.). The blog also contains helpful information on such topics as using DOIs and citing specific sources.