When writing a research paper you will use a wide variety of resources. You are required to cite your sources for two main reasons:
For more information, check Why We Cite and How to Avoid Plagiarism.
APA Style from Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
APA Style Formatting from Student Learning Support (Ryerson University)
APA Style Simplified (E-Book)
APA FAQ (APA Style Blog)
The Library has multiple copies of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). It is available at the following locations:
The call number is: BF76.7 .P82 2010
Concise Rules of APA Style, is the official short and easy-to-use version and is also available for 2 hour loans.
Watch one of these create videos why we cite from the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University
Why We Cite
Citation: A (very) Brief Introduction
To attribute words and ideas to their original source – simply giving credit where credit is due.
To provide your readers with a kind of “map”of what you have been reading – to help your readers understand what has influenced your thinking.
To add weight and credibility to your paper –to demonstrate that you are engaged in the relevant research material
To provide an easy way for your readers to get access to the source material.
To situate yourself in an academic community with shared conventions.
To avoid plagiarism.
Citing is an important part of the research process; however, it can be frustrating and time consuming. There are various tools that you can use to help you to manage your research and cite properly. They will let you:
Popular citation managers include Mendeley, Zotero, and Endnote.
View the RULA guide to Mendeley
View the RULA guide to Zotero