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Guide to library research in Psychology

Why Cite Your Sources?

Citing your sources is important for giving credit to the work of others and avoiding plagiarism.

Here is an Academic Integrity Tutorial:

In the world of academia (and beyond), proper attribution of sources also demonstrates how you are engaging and adding to the existing body of knowledge. By citing your sources, you are entering into the scholarly conversation.

Questions or concerns about citations? Please contact your course librarian , or your campus Writing Center.

Use Zotero to Cite Your Sources

Citation Managers are tools to help you keep track of your citations as you research and to create/format your citations and bibliography. For example, Zotero allows you to keep citations, full text articles, and other research resources organized in one place. You can also use these tools to format your bibliographies and the notes/citations in your papers according to the appropriate style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).

Watch this video to learn more about Zotero

Citation Components


Using APA style

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the preferred style manual for writing psychology papers.

We have the most recent APA manual available for check out at call number BF 76.7 .P83 2010.

APA offers their BASICS OF APA STYLE tutorial.

The Claremont Colleges Library has a Citation Help page, scroll down for help with APA Style.

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University offers an easy-to-use guide for creating in-text citations and reference lists in APA format, with lots of examples.