General Citation Information
Consulting the ideas of others is at the heart of learning and scholarship. Citing them is a critical part of academic honesty. Regardless of the format and type of work, be it cartoons, artwork, prose, poetry, photography, statistical data, or website, give attribution to the creator/author and cite the source.
There are many ways to cite sources. Citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example: APA style is often used by Business, Education, and Psychology.
Instructor requirements differ. Carefully follow your instructor's directions and remember to be consistent.
For more information, please visit the Citing Sources Guide.
Resources for APA Citation Style
Elements of a Reference List Citation (APA)
The following video provides an overview of the basic elements of a APA formatted reference list citation. It also provides a brief overview of in text citations.
What is a citation manager?
A citation manager, also referred to as a reference manager or bibliographic manager, is software that allows researchers to save, store, and manage bibliographic citations, and then generate bibliographies in most of the major citation styles.
What citation management software does the Library recommend?
The library recommends using Zotero. Please see our Zotero guide for more information.
For information on other citation management software, please see our page on Citation Management Software.
Why should I use a citation manager?
Citation managers have a lot of uses/benefits, including:
- Streamline the process of creating accurate citations and references
- Locate all your research in one convenient location
- Easily export citations from many of the library databases
- Upload and store full-text PDFs and other file types for your sources
- Create reference lists in a 'click'
- Install plug-ins for word processors that allow you to insert citations from the reference manager as you write
- Share collections with colleagues to collaborate in private or open groups
- Facilitate the removal of duplicate citations
How do citation managers work?