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This guide will help you cite sources in APA Citation Style 6th Edition.
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About APA style

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:

  • Identify (cite) other people’s ideas and information used within your essay or term paper.
  • Indicate the authors or sources of these in a References list at the end of your paper.

This guide is based on the APA Manual (6th ed.) that was published in 2009.


About Plagiarism

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.”

--RDC Academic Terminology Glossary


Getting Started!

The following sections provide you with information and examples that will help you to cite the sources that you come across during your research. 

General Guidelines




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For more detailed information, refer to the APA Manual (6th ed.) available at the Information Desk in the Library, ask your instructor, or Ask Us.


General Guidelines for APA Style

  • All sources of information and data, whether quoted directly or paraphrased, are cited with parenthetical references in the text of your paper (p. 170).

      Example: (Walker, 2003).

  • Double-space your entire paper, including the References list and any block quotes (pp.171, 180).

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