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Psychology: APA Citations

APA Website Tutorial & APA Manual

The APA website features tutorials.  There are also several APA tutorials on YouTube on alll aspects of APA citation.


The APA manual is the offical guide of APA citation formatting. You can find the manual at the reference desk and in the reference section of the library's collection.

Sample APA paper

Click the image for an informative example of a research paper with explanations of APA formatting:

References List

The last page of your essay is called the "References" list. This is where you list the full citation of your sources in APA format.

This page will help you create an APA References List.

APA References List

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
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(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,

Encyclopedia Entries

Bergmann, P.G.  (1993).  Relativity.  In The new encyclopaedia Britannicaa(vol 26, pp. 501-508).  Chicago: 
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More questions?

In text citations

Diana Hacker's APA Style:  The Social Sciences has extensive information on in-text citation and creating a list of references.

The OWL at Purdue:  APA Style  Another source of information about in-text citation and creating a list of references.

EasyBib  A guided citation builder -- entering your citation information and EasyBib will help you format your citation.