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Citing and Referencing

A Guide to Citing and Referencing at Keystone Academy.

What is APA Style?

APA stands for American Psychological Association. APA Style is a set of rules for scholarly written communication, including formatting research papers. It helps writers showcase their thoughts in an organized and clear way. Using a particular style's guidelines makes it easier for readers to understand a text by providing a familiar structure they can follow. This permits readers to focus on the ideas being presented instead of formatting. It also allows readers to scan materials quickly for important points, main ideas and sources. APA Style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences.

There are two important parts to APA that are in use at Keystone: in-text citations and the Reference List.

In APA, you must cite sources that you have paraphrased, quoted or otherwise used to write your research paper. Cite your sources in two places:

  1. In the body of your paper where you add a brief in-text citation in parentheses. 

  2. In the Reference List at the end of your paper, where you give complete citation information for the sources you used.

Books in the Library About APA

NoodleTools: A Citation Creation Program

Visit the NoodleTools LibGuide for more information.

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