A citation is just like your house address. Citations help your reader locate the sources you used in your research. Citations include:
For articles: the author(s), publishing date, article title, journal or magazine title, volume, issue number (see examples for when to use this), page numbers, the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number (if available), and, in some cases, website's URL.
For books: the author(s), publishing date, chapter title, book title, page numbers (for a chapter), place of publication, publisher, DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number (if available), and, in some cases, the website's URL.
For websites: see the Websites page.
Caution: Often the information in citation helpers is not completely correct.
If you use the citation helper in Ebsco and other databases, BE SURE to double check your references using all of the APA Style resources Holy Family makes available, including the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
Copies of the Publication Manual are found in the reference and check out collections of the Philadelphia Campus Library and the Newtown LRC.
There are two questions to ask before you begin:
1. What type of source am I trying to cite?
2. Where did I retrieve that source?
Once you've answered these questions, select the most appropriate option from the dropdown menu to the left to see examples.
The purpose of using citations is to let the reader know where you obtained your information so sources can easily be located and consulted. You must document your sources when you provide information that you ordinarily would not have known before conducting your research.
You must cite when you:
Select a source from the dropdown menu on the left (Citing Sources: APA) for examples.
Reference citations appear in References at the end of your paper. This is a list of all sources that were consulted and cited in your paper. Below is the format for a book. Select your source from the drop-down menu on the left for more examples.
Author, A. A. (Date of Publication). Title of book. Place of publication: Publisher's name.
In-text citations appear in the body of your paper. The format is the same regardless of the source type. In-text citations indicate to the reader what information is being cited in your paper. The in-text citations also refer the reader to the corresponding reference citations in the References page at the end of your paper. See the In-text Citations Guide for more information.
This is a sentence of my research paper and I am paraphrasing information that I read somewhere else (Author's Last Name, Date of Publication).
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