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APA Style

Learn how to cite in APA today!

What is APA Style?

APA is the American Psychological Association.  Besides being used in the field of psychology, the APA style is also frequently used in education, social sciences and nursing.

According to the publication manual of the APA, the APA style aims to “advance scholarship by setting sound and rigorous standards for scientific communication” (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. xiii).  Its rules govern citation and referencing, manuscript structure and content, the mechanics of style and the ethics of authorship.  Using the APA style will encourage authors to disclose essential information in their papers.  Readers will find it easier to read articles or scan them for main points and findings. 

Please refer to the publication manual for comprehensive guidelines on the APA style:

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Call No. BF76.7 Pub 2010

Check its availability in the library catalogue.

Why Cite?

  • To document a study throughout the text by identifying sources of information.
  • To infuse your research with authority.
  • To make your case convincing.
  • To enable readers to locate the sources of information.
  • To deter accusations of plagiarism.

Academic Integrity