APA Citation Style
Introduction: What is APA Style?
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APA (American Psychological Association) citation style was created in 1929 and is now on its 7th edition, which was released in 2019. This style is most commonly used by scholars in the fields of social sciences, education, and some health sciences.
We cite our sources for 3 main reasons:
- To credit to the ideas of others
It's important to give credit when you're using other people's ideas. Pretending other people's ideas are your own original thoughts is called plagiarism, and it can have severe academic consequences.
- To help readers find our sources. Readers might want to find more information about the topic you're writing about. By citing your sources, you can lead them to credible relevant sources of further information.
- To support our conclusions
You're probably not an expert on your topic yet, but by citing the ideas and thoughts of people who are, you give more credibility to your own conclusions.
Citation is also important because it is the policy of the University that all students must follow the Academic Integrity Policy, which requires the use of citations to avoid plagiarism.