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Business Research Guide: Citing Sources with APA

Resources for business research

APA Publication Manual

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, is the ultimate source for using this citation style. Briggs has four copies of the Manual available--two check out and two are kept at the Library Services desk.

Crediting/Citing Sources

When you cite you indicate that information is borrowed from a source. You need to do this every time your borrow information.

Why do you cite?

  • to give credit to the person or persons responsible for the work you are using.
  • to allow your readers to check on how you have interpreted the source.
  • to allow your readers to access the source themselves.
  • to demonstrate the research you have done on your topic.
  • to lend credence to the positions you take in your paper.
  • to use information ethically and avoid committing plagiarism.

APA Citation Style

APA (American Psychological Association) citation style requires you to note in the text of your paper every time you borrow information from a source, whether you quote, paraphrase, or summarize. In-text citations are brief and are used in conjunction with a References list with more complete information about your sources.

Briggs Library APA Research Guide

APA Video Tutorial

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