This section provides a quick resource for citing references in papers using the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2009).
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APA Documentation Guide
The APA documentation system is commonly used in the social sciences and education, as well as in fields such as nursing. It is a parenthetical documentation system; sources are cited in parentheses within your own sentences to indicate you have used ideas, information, and quotations from an outside source. The parenthetical information points to specific sources in an alphabetized list of references at the end of your paper.
These webpages explain how to correctly format parenthetical citations and reference list entries for some of the most common print and electronic sources.
For full information, visit the APA's web site: http://www.apastyle.org/.
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- Orientation to APA
- Parenthetical Citations
- Where to place citations
- One or two authors
- Three or more authors
- No authors
- Multiple sources in one reference
- Electronic sources
- Reference List
- Government report
- Journal article
- Magazine or newspaper article
- Publication, private organization
- Conference paper or poster session
- Electronic source
- Format the references list
- Format and Headings
- Usage and Style
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