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PSY 290 Research Methods in Psychology: Citing Sources

This guide highlight key resources needed to complete assignments in PSY290 course across ASU, including online. Learn how to find peer-reviewed journal articles, cite materials using APA Style and more.

Citation basics

In addition to keeping oneself out of trouble with copyright compliance rules and university conduct policies, citing your sources allows others to reproduce and build on your research, creating new scholarship.

PsycInfo has a "cite" button that will allow you to generate a citation for your bibliography. This is great! But the citation it generates is often not 100% correct. Just be sure to treat this as a "first draft" of the citation and check it very carefully for mistakes.


RefWorks allows you to manage your research by building your own, personal database of citations. You can then easily insert references and citations in papers or publications, and automatically generate bibliographies/works cited lists in APA, MLA, Chicago, and numerous other citation styles.

To being using RefWorks sign up for an individual account within RefWorks and establish a personal login ID and Password (ASURite ID and Password recommended).

Using RefWorks requires access through an authenticated link. Access RefWorks from the ASU Library homepage list of most used resources, or from the alphabetic list of Research Databases.

To get started with Refworks now, use this link: RefWorks.

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