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APA Citation Guide   Tags: apa citation, apa style, reference list  

Resources and hints for creating a bibliography/works cited page using APA (American Psychological Association) format.
Last Updated: Sep 18, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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How to Find Citation Format in Library Databases

HINT:  You can email any article to yourself from most Library Databases.  In EBSCOHost and Gale PowerSearch look for the EMAIL option link.  Select the citation format button and choose APA so the format is included in the body of your email. 

You can also locate the citation of an article you are viewing by clicking on a 'cite' or 'citation' icon. A box with the citation in different styles will open.  Copy and paste the APA citation into a Word document. One warning: although proper citations are usually created using these methods the citations are computer generated so you still need to verify that all information was correctly formatted.


What is APA Citation Style?

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within behavioral and social sciences.

For example, use APA style when writing papers in the following subject areas:  anthropology, business, criminology, economics, education, history, law, nursing, psychology, and sociology.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

To plagiarize means to "commit literary theft" and to "present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary [11th ed.; 2003; print]).

When accessing our Library's databases a dialog box opens providing you with information regarding the penalties for infringing upon copyright laws and for plagiarism.  Please be sure to read this information before undertaking any research.

Section V of the MassBay Student Handbook addresses Academic Dishonesty and Code of Conduct.  You can gain access to this information by clicking on the following link:


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