The following sections provide you with information and examples that will help you to cite the sources that you come across during your research.
What type of sources do you want to cite?
APA style is the editorial style created by the American Psychological Association that many of the social and behavioral sciences have adopted to present written material in the field. APA Style was first developed 80 years ago by a group of social scientists who wished to establish sound standards of communication. Since that time, it has been adopted by leaders in many fields and has been used by writers around the world.
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.
The purpose of this guide is to provide some helpful examples; however, it may not be perfect. For more detailed information, refer to the APA Manual (6th ed.) available at the IRAD (Information & Research Assistance Desk) in the Library; ask your instructor; or AskUs.