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I need help citing sources in APA format

APA format is commonly used in the social sciences. In APA, you will cite information in two ways: in the body of your paper (in-text citations) and at the end of your paper (the References page). Here are some resources to help you cite in the correct APA style:

1.  The APA Style guide offers a handy introduction to citing in APA format. Scroll down to find examples of correct citations for different types of sources.

2.  Have a tough APA citation question, like "How do I cite a tweet?" Search for answers in the APA Style Blog.

3.  Prefer videos? Watch this Introduction to Citation Styles from CSU Dominguez Hills: 

4.  Microsoft Word also offers an APA style template you can download and use. Click File>New then search on APA style in the template search box.

Machine-Generated Citations

There are several ways to find citations using online tools. DO NOT TRUST THESE CITATIONS! Garbage in, garbage out. You should always double-check what you find to make sure it is the correct format and correct information. That being said, machine-generated citations are often a good source for the basics, such as title, author, and publication date.


After running a search, click on the title of the article or book you are citing to open the record. In the record, you will see a Citation link above the title. 

Screenshot of citation link in a OneSearch record


Google Scholar

After running a search, click on the Cite link below the description.

Screenshot of Cite link in Google Scholar

Library Databases

Many library databases offer a cite option, and this option will appear usually after opening an article record. Here is an example for where to look in an EBSCO database:

Screenshot of cite option in an EBSCO database