The following tips for APA citation and formatting is adapted from: http://www.apus.edu/Online-Library/tutorials/apa.htm
APA CITATION AND FORMATTING
When you base writing on published materials, which is a requirement of a majority of college course assignments, it is important to correctly credit those materials, or “sources”, with source credits, often referred to as “citations”, and to do so using the formatting rules required for the academic field of study within which you are writing. In the case of coursework completed for college psychology courses, the citation and formatting rules required have been established by the American Psychological Association (APA). While APA citation and formatting rules are widely used, they are not the rules for every college degree program. MLA and Turabian are examples of sets of other source citation and formatting rules. If you are taking a course outside of your major field of study you may never use APA formatting again after completing that course. As is the case with any degree, source citing and formatting rules compliance cannot be waived in a psychology course for students not pursuing a psychology degree; however, you will find that in almost any course, regardless of degree, you will not use every citation and formatting rule but rather likely be citing hard copy and electronic copy (e-format and web) books and articles, and websites (including sites that contain text only or video material) and that which of these types of sources are required is determined by course and individual assignment requirements and permissions. Below you will find examples of how these sources are APA cited in the body of one’s writing (often called “in-text” citing) and “referenced” in a References list attached to the end of one’s writing. This should prove helpful in focusing time and effort in learning about how to APA source cite on the types of citations you will need to use for this course.
References: Wade, C. & Tavris, C. (2011). Invitation to psychology, 5th Edition. Upper Saddle
River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Wechsler, H., Davenport, A., Dowdall, G., Moeykens, B., and Castillo, S. (1994).
Health and behavioral consequences of binge drinking in college: A national survey of students at 40 campuses. Journal of the American Medical Association, 272, 1672-1677.
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