PSY 321 Research Methods - Allen: Citing Sources
APA 7 Citation Basics for Journal Articles & Books
The primary point of a citation is to enable your reader to easily find your source. Every source cited in the text of your paper should appear in the reference list.
Author, A.A. & Author, B. B. (Year). Title of article: The subtitle. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number), x-xx.
Journal Article with DOI*
Author, A.A., Author, B.B., & Author, C.C. (Year). Title of article: The subtitle. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number), x-xx. http://dx.doi.org/xx.xxx/yyyyy
Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of book: The subtitle. Publisher. DOI (if available)
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. x-xx). Publisher. DOI (if available)
*A DOI, or digital object identifier, is a unique number assigned to an individual electronic item, such as an online journal article. APA 7 requires a DOI for all works that have one.
APA Citations from PsycINFO & Google Scholar
Many databases include automatic citation generators. For example, both PsycINFO and Google Scholar provide APA formatted citations.
- In PsycINFO, select one or more of the results, and then click "cite" on the tool bar located at the top of the list
- In Google Scholar, click the "cite" link available under each result in Google Scholar
- ALWAYS double-check the citations as there are often small mistakes
- Watch the video, Using Automatic Citation Generators, to learn more
- APA Style Student Paper Setup GuideThis guide describes how to set up a student paper according to the APA Publication Manual, 7th edition.
- APA Style Paper Format GuidelinesThese guidelines are based on chapter two of the APA Publication Manual, 7th edition.
APA Publication Manual
Complete instructions on citing and useful information on writing style and content can be found in the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Society. We have multiple copies in the Library in reference and on reserve; it's also worth considering buying your own if you are in the social sciences.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association byCall Number: BF76.7 .P83 2020ISBN: 9781433832154Publication Date: 2019
Citation Management Tools
The following tools allow you to collect book and article citations from the library catalog and databases and (using a plugin for MS Word) insert those citations into your paper in the appropriate format. Some of the tools make it easier to import citations from the catalog and databases than others.
The library has created a detailed guide on how to choose and how to use each of these tools.
- ZoteroZotero is a free, open source citation management tool that comes as a Firefox extension or a standalone program for other browsers. It offers plugins for MS Word and Open Office so you can insert citations as you write your paper.
- MendeleyMendeley is not only a citation manager, but it is also a social network for scholars. Download the free desktop app that works on any platform. It has plugins for MS Word and Open Office. Mendeley offers a mobile app too.
- EndNote WebEndNote Web is the web-based version of the long-standing citation management tool. EndNote Web offers a plugin for MS Word so you can insert sources as you write your paper.
- EndNoteEndNote is desktop software for citation management.