Answered By: Cheryl Goldenstein
Last Updated: May 05, 2017     Views: 44

If you're needing examples of how to cite sources in APA style, librarians and professors like the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue. Our own Citations Library Guide is also a useful source. These sites also give some guidelines on formatting your paper in APA style.

The American Psychological Association (APA) offers a video tutorial on the basics if you're completely new to APA. 

Copies of the APA Style Manual are available at the Coe Circulation Desk and in the Coe stacks. The call number is: BF 76.7 .P83 2010.  In addition, there are many other books in the UW Libraries about citing and writing in APA style. Click here for a catalog listing.

Be aware that most of the databases that the UW Libraries subscribe to have some type of citation option. For example:

  • For ProQuest databases, look for a "Cite" icon at the header above an article (Note: there are also options on that header for exporting to citation management tools). You can select the citation style (e.g., APA), then copy and paste into your document.
  • For EBSCO databases, look for a "Cite" icon on the right-hand tool bar (along with options for citation management). Again, you can select the citation style and copy/paste.
  • For Web of Science databases, obtaining a specific style of citation is more challenging. Generally, all the information required to write a citation for a bibliography is available on the results page or the page that appears when one of the results is selected. The best option is to click on the "Find@UW" icon, then pick the "Article" option. Depending on the publisher, there is usually some sort of "Cite" or "Citation" icon on the webpage that you can click on to get a citation. Be aware that these citations are usually formatted in the journal's unique style or a science-based style such as CSE. You will have to revise the information to APA style.
  • Be cautious about using citation generators (e.g., BibMe). Formatting of these entries can be incorrect. It is better to consult a style guide and follow that format. Style guides are available at the Coe Circulation Desk.

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