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APA Style Citations

This guide is a quick introduction to the APA style citations. For the complete guidelines be sure to consult the Publication Manual of the APA or the Academic Writer database.

What is a Citation?

Citing or citation is a practice of documenting the information sources used in your academic work. This video explains what citation is and why we do it: 

APA Citations

APA style citations require two parts:

  • In-text citation – is a short citation in your paper's body every time you use material from outside sources. Every in-text citation in your paper should appear on your References list. Each brief in-text citation corresponds to its full citation in the References list.

  • The References list – is an alphabetical list at the end of your paper that includes a full citation for each source you used in your paper's body. Every citation in your References list should have a corresponding in-text citation in the body of your work.

On the next page, you will find detailed information and examples of each of these citations.