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This guide is intended to help you cite your sources in the American Psychological Association's style. It covers citing within the text and the references section.
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The American Psychological Association style is used frequently in the social sciences and humanities. This guide covers the citation and reference portions of the style but does not cover the writing style portions.

Note that citations in APA are double spaced in reality but, to save space (and scrolling), they are single spaced on this guide.

Citation Engines

There are several online sites that will format your citation for you from the information you enter. Be sure to check the citation to make sure that it is correct according to the latest edition of APA.

  • KnightCite Citation Service
    KnightCite is an online citation generator service that simplifies the task of compiling a bibliography in the appropriate style by formatting the given data on a source into a reliable citation, which eliminates the need to memorize minute details of style.
  • Son of Citation Machine
    Citation Machine helps students and professional researchers properly credit the information that they use by building citations for them. Citation information can be entered manually, or the Citation Machine can retrieve it from an entered ISBN or URL.

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Books relevant to APA style

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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - American Psychological Association Staff
Call Number: Info Desk BF76.7 .P83 2010
ISBN: 9781433805615
Publication Date: 2009-07-15

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APA Style Simplified - Bernard C. Beins
Call Number: Ebsco e-book
ISBN: 9780470671238
Publication Date: 2012-05-15

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The St. Martin's Handbook - Andrea A. Lunsford
Call Number: PE1112 .L86 2011
ISBN: 9780312602925
Publication Date: 2011-02-11
This is the book used in English 101.


APA Blog

The APA blog gives answers to frequently answered questions about the style. The entries are written by the experts at APA.

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According to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, to plagiarize is "to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own." When you use an idea, whether you completely rewrite the idea, paraphrase another, or quote the original, you must give credit to the originator of the idea using citations. Plagiarism at SDSU is governed by the SDSU Student Code, Chapter 1:10:25.

More information on plagiarism.



EndNote is software provided to SDSU students, faculty, and staff to manage source information and help create citations in papers as well as bibliographies. See the EndNote Guide for more information on this program.


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