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Getting Started with Research at Shapiro Library

This guide discusses understanding information sources, formulating a topic and search phrase, where and how to search the library for information, how to evaluate sources, how to cite sources, and more.

What is APA Style?

APA Style, currently in its 6th edition, is a citation protocol established by the American Psychological Association.  APA is most often used in the disciplines of:

  • Social Sciences (including Psychology, Education, Sociology, Economics, Criminal Justice, etc.)
  • Business
  • Nursing

Be sure to check with your professor as to what citation style is required for each assignment!

What does APA Style Include?

  • the format & structure of your paper
  • how you cite other authors within the body of your paper
  • how you compile a references page at the end of your paper

Citing Sources in APA: Books & Web Resources

If you need help citing sources your best resource is the Wolak Learning Center (Campus Students) or the Online Writing Center (Online Students). However, the library has a number of resources that can help and librarians can lead you to web resources that may also be useful. The following are some recommended resources to help you cite sources:

Helpful Books from the Library

Helpful Web Resources

These web resources may be helpful if you need assistance citing sources in APA Style. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.

Citing Sources in APA: Video Tutorials

Via the Atomic Learning/Hoonuit database, currently enrolled SNHU students, faculty, and staff can access video tutorials that can help you cite sources in APA style. You will be prompted to log in using your mySNHU credentials. To access the tutorials:

  1. Click on "Quick Links" on the Library's homepage
  2. Scroll down until you find Atomic Learning
  3. Enter your SNHU email and password
  4. Enter "APA" in the search field 
  5. Select from the results which tutorial you want to view. Atomic Learning/Hoonuit currently has two versions using Microsoft Word 2010 or 2013.

    Screenshot of the search results in Hoonuit system.

Examples of Sources Cited in APA

Visit these links to see examples of citing sources in APA. Check out the OWL at Purdue website for more examples of APA style formatting. 

More Help Citing Sources in APA

Still need help citing sources in APA? Contact the Wolak Learning Center (Campus Students) at 603.645.9606 or or the Online Writing Center (Online Students) at Additionally, all SNHU students, including online and evening students, enrolled in a writing intensive class may use SmarThinking--a free online tutoring service.

Alternatively, try one of these citation games or contact your professor for help: