WR 227 Stewart: Cite Sources in APA
Creating APA-Style Citations
Why cite your sources?
When you use someone else's words, ideas, or images in your writing, you need to give them proper credit. Providing a citation or reference enables others to locate these sources, too!
Plagiarism is a very serious form of academic dishonesty. According to PCC's Academic Integrity Policy [PDF], plagiarism is defined as
"the use of another's words, ideas, data, or product without appropriate acknowledgement, such as copying another's work, presenting someone else's opinions and theories as one's own, or working jointly on a project and then submitting it as one's own."
Students are responsible for knowing and understanding the penalties for violating the rules of academic integrity, including plagiarizing another person's work. The following resources will help you to identify and steer clear of plagiarism.
- Avoiding Plagiarism - This OWL tutorial from Purdue University includes a handy list of safe practices for citing and crediting your sources and a short exercise for recognizing plagiarized or incorrectly cited sources.
- Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Recognize and Avoid It - Detailed and informative explanation of plagiarism from the University of West Florida.
The library catalog and some library databases have built-in citation generators, which allow you to simply click on a "Cite" button to get the citation for that article or book in various formats. You can usually find this useful feature, if it is available, on the page for the specific article or book. Always double-check the citations from citation generators, as these automated tools are known to occasionally produce errors (for example, formatting the author's name or title in all capital letters).
Here is where it is located in our EBSCO databases:
Here is where it is located in our Library Catalog:
Citation buttons are also available in ProQuest databases, SIRS, CQResearcher, Google Scholar, and most Gale Databases. If you're not sure how to find the citation, ask a librarian.