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.
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.
Books relevant to APA style
The APA blog gives answers to frequently answered questions about the style. The entries are written by the experts at APA.
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.
- Is it PLAGIARISM? (a flowchart) - Created and published by the Poynter Institute.
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.