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    Kaplan Online Writing Center:  Log into KU Campus to access the Center.

    Purdue OWL: Online Writing LabMany examples of APA formatting and citation.

    APA Powerpoint slide presentation: Purdue OWL's helpful powerpoint.

    KU Maine Library's APA Brief Style GuideThe PDF version of the Library's famous brief APA style guide.


    What is APA?

    APA (American Psychological Association) is the most commonly accepted style of writing in the behavioral and social sciences. Special attention is given to formatting and structure, including specific section headings and the citation of sources.

    Need help with APA? Watch The Basics of APA Style for help with paper structure, formatting, and in-text citations.  This tutorial also includes some citation examples.

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    Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
    Call Number: BF 76.7 .P83 2010
    ISBN: 9781433805615
    Publication Date: 2010
    Provides invaluable guidance on all aspects of the writing process, from the ethics of authorship to the word choice that best reduces bias.

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    APA : the easy way! - Peggy M. Houghton, Timothy J. Houghton
    Call Number: BF 76.7 .H68 2009
    ISBN: 9780923568962
    Publication Date: 2009
    "A quick and simplified guide to the APA writing style"

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    Concise rules of APA style
    Call Number: BF 76.7 .C66 2010
    ISBN: 9781433805608
    Publication Date: 2010
    Includes helpful reference examples, including those from electronic and audiovisual media, and a cross-reference to the publication manual


    APA Template

    Use this MS Word template to format your paper APA style!


    Why do We Cite?

    Citing sources or providing citation means to include select information about information sources that you use in your paper. The two components associated with citation are: In-text citation (documentation within the text of the research paper) and full citation (located in at the end of a research paper, and titled References).

    The two main reasons you provide citations are:

    1. to give proper credit for words, ideas, graphics, or other information you borrow from others.

    2. to help readers find sources you used in case they want to learn more.


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