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APA Citation: Start

This guide contains APA citation and reference examples, video tutorials and links to citation guides and tools.

Click through the tabs to learn the basics, find examples, and watch video tutorials.

Getting Started

Here's what you need to know...

APA Style format impacts how your paper looks, the layout, punctuation, capitalization, headings, and the information you provide about the sources you used for your research.

APA Style is a set of rules and guidelines for creating consistently formatted written materials.

GGU instructors frequently require students to use APA Style when writing research papers, short assignments, and presentations.

APA Style rules and guidelines are designed to address all elements of a comprehensive research paper. However, many of your assignments will not require all the elements of a research paper. Read your assignment instructions carefully. Follow your teacher's directions and adapt APA Style format rules to your assignment requirements.

By the way, there are other citation styles (MLA, Chicago, Turabian, etc.). Make sure you are supposed to use APA, and when selecting a citation from a database or citation generator select APA.

Short Video Tutorial


What does it mean to plagiarize?

Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty. To avoid plagiarism cite your sources using APA Style citations.

Watch this short video.

Produced by Bainbridge State College.

Avoid plagiarism. Do you know when to paraphrase and quote?

When to Summarize, Paraphrase, and Quote – from George Mason University’s Writing Center.

Writing Paraphrases – from UNC College of Arts & Sciences.

Paraphrase: Write It in Your Own Words. 6 Steps to Effective Paraphrasing – from Purdue University

APA Citation Guide. Print this!

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