BI 145 Intro Fish & Wildlife Management : APA Citations

Cite Your Sources in APA

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!  

Resources for creating APA-style citations

Free citation creation tools to help you generate APA-style citations:

  • NCSU Citation Builder - walks you through the process of creating citations for a variety of print and online sources.
    Once your citation is created by filling out the forms provided, you can cut and paste your generated citation into your bibliography.
  • Calvin College's Knight Cite - a citation creator that provides forms to help you make citations for a wide range of resources in print, online, and in multimedia and communication. Allows you to create a free Knight Cite account so you can save citations for later and export them to Word or an RTF document.

Need help with hanging indentation?

Here are some more tools to help you create APA and other style citations to cite your sources.

Do you need to cite?

Generate citations at the click of a button

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, CQ ResearcherGoogle Scholar, and most Gale Databases. If you're not sure how to find the citation, ask a librarian.