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APA (American Psychological Assoc.) Research Guide

The WNC librarians have compiled an APA Citation Style Research Guide which provides examples on how to cite Internet, database, and print sources as well as a sample "References" page. This guide is available at the WNC Library.

Two of the most popular guides on how to use the APA citation style are Research and Documentation Online: APA Style and APA Formatting and Style Guide. Other useful web sites can be found at the bottom of this page.

Shelf Location (Library of Congress Classification)

All universities and community college libraries in Nevada use the Library of Congress Classification System to organize their books. Books are arranged A-Z, with each letter corresponding to a subject. To find books on this topic, go to the following areas:

Classification Topic
Psychology Research
LB2369 Education & Report Writing
PE1408 English Language & Report Writing


Books on Writing Research Papers Using the APA Citation Style

American Psychological Association. (2010). Concise rules of APA style (6th ed.).

      Washington, DC: Author.  (BF76.7 .C88)

American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American

      Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.  (BF76.7 .P83)

Ballenger, B. (2009). The curious researcher.  (6th ed.).  New York, NY:

     Longman. (LB2369 .B246)

Coyle, W., & Law, J. (2010). Research papers. (15th ed.).  New York, NY:

     Longman. (LB2369 .C65)

Hacker, D. (2010). The Bedford handbook. (8th ed.).  Boston, MA: 

     Bedford/St. Martins. (PE1408 .H277)

Hacker, D. (2007). A writer’s reference. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins.

     (PE1408 .H2778)

Lester, J. D., Sr., & Lester, J. D., Jr. (2010).  Writing research papers: A complete

     guide. (13th ed.). New York, NY: Longman.  (LB2369 .L4)

Reid, S. (2011). The Prentice Hall essential guide for college writers.  (9th ed.).

      Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.  (PE1408 .R424)

Useful Web Sites on the APA Citation Style

Most Popular

Basics of APA Style (tutorial) - Produced by the American Psychological Association.

Frequently Asked Questions About APA Style - Produced by the American Psychological Association

APA Formatting and Style Guide.  APA citation style guidelines from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University.

Research and Documentation Online: APA Style and Sample Research Paper .  You can find examples of APA in-text citations, information on how to format a paper, and instructions on compiling a list of references on this site.  This page also has a sample research paper written in the APA style.

APA Style Citation Guide. This brief guide from the Seattle Central Community College Library is an excellent overview of the basics of the APA citation style.

General Information

APA Citing Sources Video Tutorials - A series of short videos on citing sources from the Suffolk County Community College Library

APA Exposed (tutorial) - This animated web tutorial will tell you most things you'd like to know about citing sources using the APA documentation style. Posted online by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. (best with Internet Explorer). Covers the latest 6th edition.

APA Formatting Style Guide.  An excellent, easy to understand guide to APA style citation from the Lynn University Library.

APA Style. Information on the APA citation style from the American Psychological Association.

APA Style Aid. A brief tutorial on using the APA citation style from the Cooperative Library Instruction Project.

APA Citation Examples. This site, from the University of Maryland, provides clear and concise guidelines for citing sources in the APA style.

APA-Style Running Head and Page Numbers: Using Microsoft Word to Format Your Paper. A short, but very useful instruction sheet on how to create a header and insert page numbers in your APA style research paper.

Citation Fox: APA.  An excellent overview of the APA citation style from the University of Albany (SUNY) Library. 

Citing Sources: APA Style. This site, from the Lansing Community College Library, gives examples of using the APA citation style to compile a works cited page and write in-text citations.

Documention Guidelines for Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism. A comprehensive resource from Duke University Libraries on citing sources using APA, Chicago, MLA, Turabian, and CSE citation styles. This site also includes information on how to avoid plagiarism.

crossref.org. Crossref is the offical DOI (Digital Object Identifier) link registration agency for scholarly and professional publications. You can locate abstracts and citation information for journal articles with a DOI number through this free service.

Citation Generators

Note: Citation generators are not always 100% accurate. Remember to check your citation against other APA citation style resources listed on this page for the correct formatting and punctuation guidelines.

Citation Machine.  This free citation generator will help you compile a citation list in APA, Chicago, Turabian, or MLA styles.

KnightCite. A free site from the Hekman Library at Calvin College generates MLA, APA, or Chicago style citations.

NoodleTools Express. This is a free citation generator from NoodleTools. It will help you compose citations in the APA, Chicago, and MLA styles. This is an excellent site for those students who are new to composing citations for a References page.

For a list of other citation generators see the Guide to Free Citation Generators.


Mano of the WNC faculty check their students’ papers for plagiarism using a software program called “turnitin.”  To learn more about plagiarism, go to the Plagiarism Research Guide.


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