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Citation Styles: APA

APA Style Websites

APA style is the standard for formatting papers and citing references in the social sciences.

Database Citation Tools

Use citation tools within article databases to simplify the process of creating your list of references.  

Here's how:

  • Select the title of the article you want to cite.

title of article in Ebsco database

  • Look for a tools section and click on Cite.

Tools section of article record showing Cite option circled

  • Copy and paste the article citation into your list of references.

APA citation example from Tools - Cite in an Ebsco database

  • Verify the citation against official APA style sources, as citations from databases ARE OFTEN formatted incorrectly.

 

SPU Primo Citation Tools

Use citation tools within SPU Primo to simplify the process of creating your list of references.  

Here's how:

  • Identify the book/video you want to cite and click on the quotation marks in the upper right corner.

book record in SPU Primo showing quotation marks circled

  • Select your preferred citation style to view citation in APA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard, or MLA. You may also choose to export the citation to a citation management tool such as RefWorks.
  • Copy the citation to the clipboard to paste where needed.
  • Always verify the citation against official APA style sources, as citations can often be formatted incorrectly.

SPU Primo book record showing APA citation

RefWorks

Ebsco citation reference Export Manager, showing Direct Export to RefWorks circledRefWorks is a tool for managing all your citations.

  • Organize citations into folders by class or topic.
  • Automatically create formatted references lists.
  • Use within Word to create formatted in-text citations.

Learn more by watching tutorials, viewing the 

RefWorks libguide, or visiting the RefWorks Support Center online.

*For SPU users transitioning to the RefWorks 3.0 platform from the Legacy version, refer to these step-by-step instructions [PDF] to get started creating your account and importing your Legacy records.

You can export citations from many databases into RefWorks.  Just look for an "Export" link.

  • Even using RefWorks, you will need to verify the citation against official APA style sources, as citations ARE OFTEN formatted incorrectly.