Posted by kstaley included in Citing & Organizing
As we approach the end of the quarter, many of you are working on your final papers, so we’d like to remind you to be sure that you include all the references for the sources you cite. Yes, you’ve heard it before, but failure to accurately cite your your sources is considered academic dishonesty.
To avoid accidental plagiarism, it’s helpful to keep track of which resources you’re using as you read them and take notes. The library has a a number of tools that can help you organize and track your research. You can access and find out more about four commonly used organizational tools in our guide, Staying Organized & Keeping Track: Research Tools.
Several of our library databases allow you to get the APA formatted citation for an article that you can copy and paste into a reference list. Our Automated Citations from the Library Databases guide will help you find the citing functions in the most frequently used databases.
If you use RefWorks to store your article citations, then you probably already know that RefWorks allows you to create APA formatted bibliographies (reference lists). If you would like more information about using this valuable tool, see the RefWorks information page. It includes links to guides, video tutorials and a recorded webinar that show you the basics of creating and using a RefWorks account.
NOTE: Remember that software-created citations are not always correct. There are often minor punctuation or capitalization errors. It is up to you to take your APA manual in hand and double check the citations to verify that they are properly formatted.
If you still need some help, here are some other resources:
- APA Website: APA’s official website
- APA Style Blog: APA’s official blog
- APA Style and Format: Capella Graduate Writing Center
- APA Citing & Referencing: Capella Undergraduate Writing Center
Finally, though the librarians are not APA experts, if you still can’t figure out how to format a reference citation after using the above tools, please contact us, and we can look through the manual with you to help you find the best example for your citation.