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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 7th 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 This link opens in a new window (Campus Students) or the Online Writing Center This link opens in a new window (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.

Examples of Sources Cited in APA


Visit these links to see examples of citing sources in APA. Check out the OWL at Purdue This link opens in a new window website for more examples of APA style formatting.