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APA Tips

Collect Everything You Need First!

If you can't identify these parts, you won't be able to catch mistakes in automatic citation generators.
  • Author(s) or editors - If it's a website with no author, is there a username or organization (ex: CDC)?
  • Title - Format tip: lower caps except for proper names. Don't Capitalize All The Words. 
  • Date -  If a website, look for a posted date or last updated. Use (n.d.) if no date.
  • Journal Name - Format tipCapitalize and Italicize Journal Name
    • You also need, Volume, Issue, and a doi or persistent link. 
    • Volume (Issue) or 33(4). Note that volume is italicized. 
    • More on persistent links and dois
  • Page numbers - if available
  • If Print Book - Location: Publisher
  • If eBook - link or permalink (if in the library catalog)
Find your favorite APA website for formatting rules

Here are few to choose from:

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Ask a Person
  • See my contact information and chat box on the side.
  • Our library website has a chat box that goes to all the librarians, phone numbers, email, and more.
  • I get APA questions all the time and I can usually spot the common errors.
  • I've got the official style APA guide if we get stuck.
Don't forget about In-Text Citations!

You can incorporate these in different ways. 

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