To use when studying the social sciences, behavioral sciences, and many other sciences.
Books, periodicals, pamphlets, charts, statistics, maps, interviews, television, radio, Internet, online databases, and many other types of material. When credit is properly attributed, you reduce the chance of plagiarizing.
It is not imperative to cite factual, well-documented information (e.g., John F. Kennedy was the President of the United States). However, quotations, statistics, images, and artwork taken from, e.g., books, periodicals, and the Internet, should be cited.
Note: When in doubt, CITE.
For a book in APA
Author: Lipson, Charles
Title: Doing honest work in college: How to prepare citations, avoid plagiarism, and achieve real academic success.
Place and Date of Publication: Chicago, University of Chicago Press, c2004
APA Format: Author (Last name, Inital of first name), Year of Publication. Title (Title of book in italics, Capital letter for subtitle). Place: Publisher.
For a journal citation in APA
Author: Wilhoit, Stephen
Title of article: Helping students avoid plagiarism.
Journal information: College Teaching, 1994, volume 42, issue 4, pages 161-65
APA Format: Author (Last name, Initial of first name). (Year of Publication). Title of article. Journal (Name of Journal in italics), Volume (Issue), and Pages.
For a website in APA
Author: Zhou, David
Title of article: Student's Novel Faces Plagiarism Controversy: Book by Kaavya Viswanathan '08 contains similiarities to earlier author's works.
Website information: The Harvard Crimson Online Edition, Published April 23, 2006
APA Format: Author (Last name, Initial of first name). Date. Website Title (in italics). Date the site was accessed, from where (sponser of website) and URL/Web Address.
For help on citing specific sources (charts, blogs, tweets and other media etc.) contact the Reference Desk phone: 516.877.3574
Many online databases provide specific formatted citations to sources.
Click on the cite option in your search results page.
If a formatted citation is not available in a database, see below: