The APA website features tutorials.
The APA manual is the official guide of APA citation formatting. You can find the manual at the reference desk and in the reference section of the library's collection.
When you use outside sources, you will need to create a references list that tells your reader all the information they need to go find the source themselves if they want to. Commonly used sources include:
Highmore, B. (2001). Everyday life and cultural theory. New York: Routledge.
Articles from Databases
Howard, K. R. (2007). Childhood overweight: Parental perceptions and readiness for change. The
Journal of School Nursing, 23(2), 73-79. Retrieved from PsycINFO database. (2007-05057-003)
Cain, A., & Burris, M. (1999, April). Investigation of the use of mobile phones while driving. Retrieved
January 15, 2000, from http://www.cutr.eng.usf.edu/its/mobile_phone_text.htm
Bergmann, P.G. (1993). Relativity. In The new encyclopaedia Britannica(vol 26, pp. 501-508).
Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Basic Format for a Short Quote
Introduce the quotation with a signal phrase that includes the author’s last name followed by the year of publication in parentheses. Put the page number (preceded by “p.”) in parentheses after the quotation.
Critser (2003) noted that despite growing numbers of overweight Americans, many health care providers still “remain either in ignorance or outright denial about the health danger to the poor and the young” (p. 5).
Basic Format for a Longer Quote
Longer quotes are indented to set them off.
A Report by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (2004) outlined trends that may have contributed to the childhood obesity crisis, including food advertising for children as well as
a reduction in physical education classes and after-school athletic programs, an increase in the availability of sodas and snacks in public schools, a growth in the number of fast food outlets..., and the increasing number of highly processed, high-calorie and high-fat grocery products. (p. 1)
Include the author’s last name and the year either in a signal phrase introducing the material or in parentheses following it.