APA style is most commonly used to cite sources used in writing in Psychology, Education, Nursing and Sociology. This guide will provide specific examples of source citations in most current, 7th edition. Below there are several resources you can use, online or offline, with examples of references page citations, in-text citations, as well as a formatting example. If still unclear, please contact your campus librarian or use the Ask A Librarian tab for a quick chat.
A key concept in academic work, especially the sciences, is extensive documentation. Not only does it show integrity but it is important in healthcare practices that other people be able to review your work, review the resources that you used to make the decisions you made, and in thus understand your thinking better. This is not just a question of honesty, its about accurately passing on information and in the health sciences, accuracy is safety.
According to Oxford English Dictionary, Plagiarism is defined as: The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft.
Plagiarism. (2006). In Oxfored English Dictionary Online (3rd ed.), Retrieved from http://www.oed.com
In other words, unless the information that you are using consist of your own thoughts or common knowledge (VERY common, like the year when Columbus crossed the ocean blue), you have to attribute it to the person whom originally produced it. Information has value.
Below, find a video explaining plagiarism. If you have further questions on the concept, please contact your campus librarian.
The official guide to APA 7th Edition. Easy to use and very comprehensive, covering everything from when to indent or bold headings to citing an image without a listed creator or title.
The following are guides prepared by SCF librarians for help with specific issues in APA citation.