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Business Administration Research Guide: APA Style

What Is APA Style?

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LB 2369 .G53 2009

Citing Your Sources


  • First and foremost, we need to give credit to other authors when we borrow their words or ideas. Acknowledge!

  • Citing also allows your readers to find the resources cited in your papers. Share!

  • Finally, we avoid plagiarism and maintain good standing with our instructors. Succeed!



1. In-Text Citations 

  • Use an in-text citation to acknowledge that you are quoting or praphrasing another author's words or ideas in the text of your research paper. 
  • Here's an example

    Critser (2003) noted that despite growing numbers of overweight Americans, many health care providers still “remain either in ignorance or outright denial about the health danger to the poor and the young” (p. 5).

    If the author is not named in the signal phrase, place the author’s name, the year, and the page number in parentheses after the quotation: (Critser, 2003, p. 5). 

  • Your reader will use the author information provided in the in-text citation to find the full citation for the source in your reference list.


2. Reference List

  • Include a reference list at the end of your paper. The list shoud contain a full citation for each in-text citation referenced within your paper.

  • Each full citation should include the specific publication information required by the APA rules. This allows your reader to find the sources, if desired.

  • Arrange the citations alphabetically by the author's last name. Use the title if the source has no author.

  • Click here to learn more about the APA reference list.

APA Resources

Download and use our APA quick-guide!

Purdue OWL

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Visit the APA style guide created by the Purdue OWL. 

Microsoft Word Templates

Quick tip! When creating a new Microsoft Word document, search for "APA" to see an APA-style research paper template. 

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