What is a citation?
A citation is a reference to a source used in a research project. Whenever you use another person’s ideas or words in a research paper, you must cite, or give credit, to that person. That’s called citing your source.
What is American Psychological Association (APA) style?
Crediting sources is key to avoiding plagiarism. In APA style, there are two ways you must credit sources:
In-text citations and references provide information about a source used and they provide the reader with the information to locate the source in its original form.
APA style is commonly used for citing references in student papers in science, medical, public health, health sciences and nursing as well as the social science.
This guide is based on the APA Manual (6th ed.)