Cite your sources

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You also need to correctly cite all of the books, journal articles, and sites that you used in your research.

Start with the SFU Library guide: APA Style - 7th edition. Don't miss the sub-topics listed along the left side of the screen.


Many of you will be more familiar with the 6th edition of APA Style. The following APA resources will help you understand the changes that were made in the update to a 7th edition, both in terms of citation rules and paper formatting.


The APAStyle Blog is always a great place to find guidance on unusual citing situations such as how to cite a YouTube video. Here are a few of my favourites among the APAStyle blog posts:


Note also that some of our article indexes (e.g., PsycInfo and Business Source Complete) will automatically create APA citations for the articles they contain using common formats such as APA, MLA, and Chicago. Many of our databases will even allow you to save or email your results in a specific format. Be careful, however -- don't let the machine do your thinking! Always check the citations that databases create for you. Some may still be using APA 6th edition as their basis, and they often include mistakes.


Learning how and when to properly credit others when you use their ideas is a difficult, but important, part of research. Start with the SFU Library's interactive tutorial Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism to test yourself and to learn more about plagiarism. Also read the SFU Library Guide on Plagiarism for further discussion of this critical topic and for links to other plagiarism guides.