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APA Citation

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Here's what you need to know...

APA Style impacts how you put your paper together: layout, punctuation, capitalization, and headings.

APA Style also has format guidelines for the information you provide about the sources you used for your research (in-text citations and references).

APA Style is a set of rules and guidelines for creating consistently formatted written materials. Therefore, your paper will have the same format and look as other students and scholars using APA Style.

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.

Getting Started with APA Style

Common Citing and Documentation Errors

This video tutorial was created by GGU tutors and instructors to help students succeed. The video highlights typical mistakes students make and how to fix them. The video also explains how the English tutors at GGU review your documentation - your sources and citations. 

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