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APA Citation Template

Citing Your Sources

What are citations?

If you quoted, paraphrased, or summarized someone else's ideas or work, citations tells the reader where the original information came from. When you are writing a paper, if you incorporate information you found from someone else's work into your paper without citing the source, you are plagiarizing.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else's ideas or work and passing it off as one's own. Plagiarizing can have serious negative ramifications. In college, you can potentially be expelled for plagiarism.

Why is it necessary to cite my sources?

  • to avoid plagiarism and give credit to people from whom you've borrowed words and ideas
  • to allow the reader to check sources for themselves
  • citations demonstrates that you have done your research, lending credibility to your paper/project

APA Citation Basics

Your paper must be formatted in APA Style

Your paper must look a certain way, according to APA Style citation rules. You may use the APA Citation Template to get started. The template already has the basic formatting done for you! If you copy and paste content into your paper, remember that everything in the paper must be:

  • 12 size font
  • in Times New Roman
  • Double Spaced

You must have a Reference Page

The Reference Page is a list of all the sources you used for your paper. The references on the Reference Page must be formatted according to APA rules. If you use one of the school's Research Databases, the citation is provided (click the button that says "Cite" or "Citation Tools."

If you got your information from a source from the Web, use citation generator to generate a reference that conforms to APA style. DO NOT simply copy and paste the url into your Reference Page.

You must have in-text citations after a quote or paraphrase

You can incorporate someone else's writing or idea into your paper through a direct quotation, paraphrase, or a summary.

  • Direct quotation: quoting a passage from a reading word for word
  • Paraphrase: rephrasing what you’ve read into your own words

After a direct quote, paraphrase, or summary, you must include what is called an in-text citation. The in-text citation must include the following information, in parentheses, after the quote, paraphrase, or summary:

  • Author’s last name (Put the title instead if no authors are listed)
  • Year of publication (Put n.d. if no date is listed)
  • Page number (Put n.p. if no page numbers are listed, page number is only required when doing direct quotations)

Citation Generators

Not sure how to do your References? Just use a citation generator.  Be sure to click APA style.

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