Need help with APA Citation Style guidelines? Check out these two great resources:
Citation Styles Guide - Created by ASU Librarians to provide you with information on when to cite a source and citation style specifics.
OWL at Purdue - An APA formatting and Style Guide from the writing lab at Purdue University.
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Citing Your Sources: Why & Where
Why should you cite your sources?
1. To give credit to the original author when you directly quote someone else's words, or paraphrase their ideas, within the text of your paper.
2. Your statements are more credible when you back them up with authoritative sources.
3. To allow readers to easily locate the sources you used by providing a References page.
Where should you cite your sources?
1. Within the text of your paper, in parentheses after you quote or paraphrase a source. Include author's last name and the page number (if given).
Example: Fifty percent of the freshmen at ASU are citing their sources correctly (Jones, 2009, p.9).
2. In the Works Cited list at the end of your paper. Include complete information about the source.
Example: Jones, J. (2009, June 10). Citing Sources is Important. State Press, pp. 8-9.