TOPIC: CITING REFERENCES USING APA Reference Materials SPRING 2012 Kathy Thompson, Keri Tarpley, & Tambra Scroggins
INTRODUCTIONHave you ever read something andwondered, is this accurateinformation? Am I reading the author’sopinion or did they get the informationform a reliable source that can beverified?
WHY APA WORKSIt is important to remember that readers willwant to know what information came fromoutside sources. Readers will also want toknow how to easily locate the includedinformation. The American PsychologicalAssociation (APA) has designed specificrules for citing sources.
GENERAL GUIDELINES•The author’s last name and year of publicationshould be included in the text i.e. (Martinez,2012).•Complete references should be included onthe Reference Page at the end of the work.•Capitalize Proper Nouns and Names.•Capitalize both words in a hyphenatedcompound word in titles.
GENERAL GUIDELINES•Capitalize the first word following a dash orcolon.•Italicize or underline the titles of longer works.•Put quotation marks around shorter workssuch as journal articles and song titles.
EXAMPLE Sconyers, J. (2010). “APA Format.” New York Times. Retrieved on Tuesday, March3, 2012, from: newyorktimes.com.
CLOSINGAPA rules help to ensure that all readerswill be able to locate the information andsources. It is also vital to give the originalauthor recognition for their work for legalpurposes. Using someone else’s work andnot providing proper citations is consideredPlagiarism and is illegal.