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Plagiarism & Citation Styles: APA

APA Subjects

APA is most often used in the social sciences. Subject areas that are likely to use APA style include:

  • Acct. & Business
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Exercise & Sports Science
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sport Management

Note: If you aren't sure which citation style to use, check with your instructor.

APA Manual

Call Number: Ref 808.066 P96a7

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Basic Citation Examples

APA Citation uses a combination of in-text citation and a reference page at the end of the paper - Not footnotes.

In-text Citation 

If you use a direct quote from an article with quotation marks or rephrase information found in an article, you must cite the source with an in-text citation. The source of the information must be cited at the end of the sentence containing the referenced information. An in-text citation is given by noting in parentheses the author's name and the page number of the book where the quote is found.

Example: The author writes, "The study of life is called biology" (Jones 120).

Reference Page

APA Basic Electronic Citation Format Pattern: [Author last name], [First initial]. [Middle initial]. ([Publication year]). [Title of article]. [Title of journal], [Volume number] ([Issue number]), [Page number starts]-[ends]. [Document Object Identifier]

Example: Jones, Kelly J. (2019). Careers in biology for today's college student. Biology Professions Journal, 18(3). 120-130.