Using this guide
This guide provides basic information about how to format, cite, and build a reference using the 7th edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Publication Manual.
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What is APA Style?
American Psychological Association (APA) Style is a set of rules for how to:
Why give credit?
In college assignments, you are expected to support your assignments with reliable sources of evidence. Evidence can come from many different types of sources: books, book chapters, journal articles, reliable webpages, conference proceedings, reports, news articles, etc.
Any time you use information from another source, you are required to give credit. Giving credit allows you to:
Where do I give credit?
When you use information from a source, you need to give credit in two places: