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Citation Help for APA, 6th Edition  

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Common Citation Styles at CSS

APA Manual, 6th ed.

 APA Manual

  • Used within the Social Sciences including Business, Education, Psychology, etc.

MLA Handbook, 7th ed.

MLA Handbook

Used within the Humanities including English, History, Communication, etc.

AMA Manual, Rev. ed.

AMA Manual

  • Used within the Medical field including Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Exercise Physiology.

Turabian/Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed.

Chicago Manual


  • Used within the field of History.

APA, 6th Edition Overview

This LibGuide is to help you use the American Psychological Association (APA) style guide, which is frequently used for the social sciences including education, management, psychology, and the health sciences.

This guide can help you with the more fundamental tasks including:
1. Reference Formats - examples and explanations for citing your sources in the various formats for your References list
2. Formatting Your Paper - how to set up your paper including the margins, font, and your References list, and view a sample paper
3. In-text citations - also known as parenthetical notation - how to cite your references in the text of your paper
4. EndNote - bibliographic citation software, which can help format your citations and is freely available for download to CSS faculty, staff, and students 
5. Avoiding Plagiarism - information on the College's academic honesty policy and turnitin, an online tool to detect where sources need to be cited

Note: This guide is in no way a replacement for the actual manual, which is several hundred pages long, and can be found in the Library on reserve or at a bookstore near you. Please consult the APA 6th edition manual for authoritative information in greater detail. Also feel free to talk with a librarian for more help.

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APA Citation Help

Other APA Citation Resources:

APA Style Guide to Electronic References, 6th edition

Atomic Learning - Many short tutorials on all aspects of APA from how to create a title page to compiling your references. You will have to log in with your network username and password (same as for Blackboard and CSS email).

Narrated Tutorial - from The College of St. Scholastica Library

LibAnswers - Questions from CSS students answered by CSS Librarians - Web site sponsored by WriteCheck and Turnitin and gives lots of help for learning what plagiarism is and how to avoid it through correct citations

APA (6th Edition) - The Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University. 

APA Formatting and Style Guide - OWL - APA tutorial created by Purdue University.

APA Citation Style - Cornell University

Narrated Tutorials from the Harvard Graduate School of Education

APA Style - Hints and tips from the APA web site.

Citation Machine - interactive web tool designed to assist students in their effort to respect other people's intellectual properties

BibMe - Free fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills


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