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APA How-To Video

Watch this 30-minute video to get the basics of citing in APA style, formatting a paper, and how the online library can provide a shortcut to the citatioin process!


Why do we cite?

Properly citing sources requires specific information about the resources you used while writing a paper. This information will be provided to people reading your paper in two ways: an in-text citation throughout the paper and a full citation in the reference section. This guide will explain what information is required and how exactly to format it properly.

Why should you provide citations?

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 read more from those pieces for themselves.


Definition of APA Style and Resources

Here you will find a collection of resources that will teach and explain the basics plus in-depth specifics of the American Psychological Association (APA) style. This is the style used by KU for formatting papers and providing citation.

American Psychological Association (APA) Style is a set of rules developed to assist reading comprehension in the social and behavioral sciences.

Basic APA Style Tutorial from the APA website.

Frequently Asked Questions from the APA website. 

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an APA guide to formatting and style provided by Purdue University, Indiana.


Print Resources

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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition)
ISBN: 1433805618

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The St. Martin's Guide to Writing
ISBN: 0312536127


Social Media

Learn more about APA Style by reading the APA Style Blog, following updates on Twitter (@APA_Style) or 'liking' APA Style on Facebook. All are provided by the American Psychological Association.


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