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In this guide, you will find information about how to cite in correct APA format and links to resources to make citation easier.

As of Fall 2014, all courses on our campus have required APA citation style. If you still have questions after viewing this guide, please meet with your professor, a librarian, or the Writing Center.

For more information on K-State's Honor Code and Plagiarism Policy, please view this document.

APA Tools

APA Formatting Tips

The following is a suggested tool to help you build better APA citations.

Paraphrasing

If you are paraphrasing a thought, put an in-text reference that states the last name of the author, year, and page number.

Example - I am typing a sentence (Author, 2014, p. 1).


Direct Quotes

If you are directly quoting an author you will need to put the year of the publication after the author in parentheses, and also put the page number at the end of the thought.

Example - According to Jones (2017), “K-State Polytechnic Students are the best” (p. 1).


Direct Quotes (40 words or longer)

If you are including a longer direct quote, it must be indented ½ inward from the left margin.

For more information look at Purdue Owl’s APA site. (Link will open in new tab).

Reference Formatting Tips

Source: Purdue OWL. (2014). APA sample paper. From Online Writing Lab. Retrieved from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/18

When creating your Reference page for a paper or project:
 

  • Label the Reference section as "References" (NOT "Works Cited" etc) in top and center of the page.

  • Order your references alphabetically.

  • Double space between each source.

  • If the source citation requires more than one line, the following lings must be indented.

  • It is important that you only capitalize the first word of the title and the first word of a subtitle.

APA Books

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition

ISBN: 1433805618

This manual is available on Reserve at the library front desk, as well as in the Writing Center.

 

An Easy Guide to APA Style

ISBN:9781412991247

This guide is available to be checked out from Hale Library under the call number: BF76.7 .S39 2012.

This manual is available on Reserve at the K-State Polytechnic Library front desk, as well as in the Writing Center.

 

APA Style Simplified: Writing in Psychology, Education, Nursing, and Sociology.

ISBN:9780470671238

This guide is available to be checked out from Hale Library under the call number: BF76.7 .B447 2012.

This manual is available on Reserve at the K-State Polytechnic
 Library front desk, as well as in the Writing Center.

Questions? Please contact

Katherine Jones

Undergraduate Services Librarian

kathjones@ksu.edu

785.826.2637

111F Technology Center

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