The following list of online sources are excellent choices for getting help with citations. Both Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) and the Diana Hacker manuals will meet the needs of just about any APA in-text, reference list, or formatting question you have.
look for this icon in the Ebscohost Databases. Other databases may also provide citing tools. Be careful! Sometimes the format from the database does not match the required style.
APA Basic Citation Anatomy
APA citation style is used in nursing, social sciences, education, psychology.
A citation style which uses parentheses in text (author-date) instead of footnotes or endnotes, this format is popular in those disciplines where the date of the work, its currency, is significant to the reading of the text. Sources are listed at the end of the text in a section called References.
Includes only those works which were cited in the text. Alphabetical listing. Author’s name is abbreviated, initials are given instead of the first name. The date follows. Source information in included in the citation, as well as the page numbers. For an internet source, add the retrieval date and the URL.
Reference List examples:
Kidner, J. (1972). The Kidner report: A statistical look at bureaucracy at the
paper clip and stapler level. Washington, D.C.: Acropolis Books
Articles from a print journal
Heydt-Stevenson, J. (2000). "Slipping into the ha-ha”: Bawdy humor and body
politics in Jane Austen’s novels. Nineteenth-Century Literature, 55 (3), 309-340.
Journal article from a library database with a DOI
Heydt-Stevenson, J.(2000). "Slipping into the ha-ha:" Bawdy humor and body politics in
Jane Austen's novels. Nineteenth Century Literature 55(3),314.
Journal article from a library database with no DOI
Banoff, S. I. (1994, June). Turkeys and chickens fear IRS audits. Journal of
Taxation, p.380.Retrieved from Proquest Research Library database.
Internet source - APA requires a URL at the end of Internet citations
Avery, S., & Masciadrelli, J. (2003, April) Peep research: A study of small fluffy
creatures and library usage. April 2003.
Retrieved from http://www.millikin.edu/staley/fluff/peep_research.html
A note on DOIs (Digital Object Identifier)
A Digital Object Identifier is a unique code assigned to articles and other documents. APA requires the use of DOIs in citations, if the article has been assigned one. Some databases will have the DOI in the article record, some pdf's may also have the DOI. Go also to the journal website; you may find the DOI for the article there. If your searching results in no DOI, then include at end of the Article citation Retrieved from [source] database (name of database).
You will see digital object intentifiers (DOI) to many of the more recent articles by scholarly publishers. When a DOI is available, include it instead of the URL. Since the internet is a "moving target," that is, content is often moved or changed, the DOI was created to solve the problem of broken and nonworking links. The DOI is a unique alphanumeric string which identifies an article and is used by scholarly publishers to provide a persistent link to its web location
Example of Article With DOI:
Dobbin, F., & Kelly, E. (2007). How to stop harassment: professional construction of legal compliance in organizations. American Journal of Sociology, 112(4), 1203-1243. doi: 10.1086/508788