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Library Research: APA Style & Citations

A general overview of library research.

APA Style

APA style is a set of standards for formatting your research paper and organizing your references. APA style was developed by the American Psycological Association and is widely used in science disciplines like anthropology, sociology, and education. 

For more information:

APA Basics

Citation Managers

If you're dealing with a lot of sources and you're afraid of forgetting/misplacing one, you may want to try a citation manager. Citation managers help you collect, organize, cite, and share your references, and can often integrate with writing software like Word or Google Docs. If you think a citation manager might help you, take a look at:

Keep in mind, any works cited list generated by a citation manager will need to be double checked against the MLA style guide. 

(Note from a librarian: I love Zotero and use it in all my research, but it took me a few weeks to be able to use it correctly and effeciently. If you're going to try a citation manager, start early! I'm happy to answer questions if you have them. - Hannah)