The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association sets the standard for the format of scholarly publications. APA style (as it is known) is used by researchers and graduate students, particularly in the social sciences.
Citations using APA style allow readers to locate the materials used in your research. Therefore, your citations should be as accurate and complete as possible.
For examples of how to cite various sources, look at some of the sites listed in the Online & Print Resources box on this page.
What a DOI looks like: 10.2522/ptj.20090278
DOI defined: According to CrossRef (2002), a DOI (digital object identifier) is a "unique alphanumeric string assigned to a digital object, such as an electronic journal, article, report, or thesis. Each DOI name is unique and serves as a stable, persistent link to the full-text of an electronic item on the Internet. Unlike a URL, a DOI name doesn't change over time; even if the item moves to a new location, the DOI name stays the same" (1).
Using a DOI in your bibliography: The 6th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association recommends that the DOI should be included in the bibliography for print and electronic souces when available. The DOI should be included using the format doi:xxxxxx in the bibliography. When a DOI is not available for electronic journal articles, include the persistent URL.
The Library's main search interface can provide citation to sources on the fly.
Some library databases, such as those from EBSCO and ProQuest, allow you to get bibliographic information in selected citation styles, such as APA or MLA, when emailing and saving records.
You can also Export citations from many databases into Zotero or other citation management programs.
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