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Graduate Level Research in Education: A Guide: Citing Sources

APA Style

APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social and behavioral sciences. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) is available at:

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Getting Started with APA

As you're researching, get in the habit of writing down as much information as you can while you are first looking at a source in case you need to find it again.  Not sure what to include?  Some good choices include:

  • Author or editor's name(s)
  • Title of the work
  • Publication information
  • Date of publication
  • URL and/or the database name
  • Date you accessed an electronic document

Use whichever style your professor recommends. For additional help, visit the APA style guides below. Some of the databases, such as EBSCOhost and ProQuest have a citation button, which will automatically create citations for each source.


Helpful Guides to Using APA Style

When do I paraphrase? When do I quote?

What is a Citation Organizer?

Been hearing a lot about Zotero or EndNote from your colleagues?  This link will take you to a guide that defines citation organizers, and gives you some of the main ones out there to help you choose which one is best for you.