Have you ever read an article and wondered where the author found their information?
Citing sources is how readers verify the information in a paper. This information enables someone else to find the item that you reference and read it. All citations should have three key identifiers: author, title, and year. Additional information such as the name of the publication, the name of the database, and a permalink or DOI for the article are helpful.
Citation style guides give you exact directions on what content to include and how.
The American Psychological Association (APA) style guide is commonly used in business writing. The tools listed below provide examples on how to cite common sources like newspaper articles, journal articles, and books.
Source are cited twice. Once in the text of the paper with the author's name and the year of the publication in the sentence that you reference it. The full citation will be in the reference list at the end of your paper.
In text citation: (Mazzei & Noble, 2017) or According to Mazzei and Noble (2017)...
Reference list: Mazzei, M.J. & Noble, D. (2017). Big data dreams: A framework for corporate strategy. Business Horizons. 60(3), 405-414. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2017.01.010.
- Referencing Sources in APA Style: A Basic IntroductionA quick video introduction to citing using APA.
- APA Formatting Guide: The OwlThe Purdue Owl provides instruction and examples of how to apply APA.
- APA Style BlogThe American Psychological Association's in depth guide to using APA.
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