PSYC 1094: APA Format & Citations

This course guide highlights core resources for Principles of Psychology Research, and corresponds to activities during PSYC 1094 library sessions.

What are citations?

For many assignments, you'll be creating citations according to any major citation style.

As you read through sources and try to use their references or bibliographies in order to find additional articles, you'll be coming across a lot of different citation styles. Citation styles, while they may look different, all contain the same basic information, as demonstrated in the diagram of a journal article citation below:

Example of a proper APA reference with highlights pointing to the different parts of the reference.

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Using APA Style

APA, or the American Psychological Association, uses one of the most well-known citation styles.  Detailed information about using this style is available in the print APA Style Guide (library call number and location information shown below).

For quick reference to figure out how to cite and format in APA, check out these guides: