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. You can find out about the library’s four most commonly used organizational tools in our guide, Staying Organized & Keeping Track: Research Tools.
Most of our library databases have a cite function that will generate an 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. You will be held responsible for having an accurate reference list, so be sure to get out your APA manual and double check the citations to verify that they are properly formatted.
If you still need some help, here are some other resources:
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.