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Citation Styles & Tools

A brief explanation of citation fundamentals and a guide to useful resources.

APA citations

Peer-reviewed articles (single author)

Peer-reviewed articles are the most commonly cited academic materials. They are typically published in academic journals, which may be either print- or Web-based. Some Web-based journals do not include page numbers.


Books (single author)

Books by one author are among the simplest materials to cite.


Book chapter (or essay in an anthology)

Collective works, which typically include several chapters or essays by various authors on a single theme or topic, are common in academia.


Online periodical (news or magazine article)

Real-world examples would include the Web versions of the Seattle Times and People.


Online encyclopedia/dictionary

This is the format you would use if, for example, you were citing material from the online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica.


Simple website

APA specifies various formats for Web-based materials. The following would only apply if you were citing a basic website, not articles or pages found within a site.




Online resources

APA Style Guides @ Brooks Library