APA Citation Help
The NewSchool of Architecture and Design's official citation format is APA (American Psychological Association). APA style is commonly used in the social sciences. It is well-suited to the design disciplines as it emphasizes the date of publication. APA regulates three basic areas:
1. stylistics (format)
Use resources in this guide to format your paper in APA.
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Free Reference Citation Tools
Use these free tools to help you correctly format your references. Just make sure to select APA, since there are multiple formats available!
Example APA Annotated Bibliography
APA for research papers
A short introductory overview on APA citation.
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Resources on APA
You will need to format, or style your paper to fit with APA standards. This includes areas like title page, font choice, font size, margins, running title, page numbers, and more. Here is a Sample Paper with format notations PDF from the Owl Purdue.
Here are some basic rules:
Not sure if you got everything? Use this APA Format Checklist to make sure you've formatted your paper properly.
Any time you use gather information from someone else (whether it be through an article, study, image, or book) you must give the author credit. If your information is not common knowledge (for instance, the sun rises in the East) then you must cite it.
Cite information you:
In text citations, also called parenthetical citations, are used within the body of your paper. They point the reader to the source that you got the information, idea, or image from (listed in your bibliography).
Your citation needs to include the following:
A common misconception about images is that if you found it online you do not have to cite it. Wrong! , both below the image and in your list of references.
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