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This is a guide for students doing research in Psychology

Citing Materials

Keep track of the sources you use for your research so you can cite them in your paper and bibliography. It is very important to cite your sources to provide appropriate credit for the ideas of other researchers to avoid plagiarism. You will create a citation whenever you use the words (direct quote) or ideas (paraphrase) from another author. Failing to do so is a violation of the K-State Honor Code.

You will most likely be asked to use APA format to cite the materials you find. You can find the complete APA citation manual on reserve at Hale Library.

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an excellent resource for APA and other citation formats.

Many databases have a "cite" link on the records that will help you create a citation in the appropriate format, like this one in ERIC:

Example of citation from ERIC


RefWorks is a bibliographic management tool that will allow you to collect your citations and format bibliographies for your research. Using RefWorks or another bibliographic management tool will save you lots of time in writing your bibliographies, but be sure to proofread - it isn't perfect! Once you have logged into RefWorks, there are great tutorials under its "help" tab, and more information and tips on the RefWorks tab of the Citations and Bibliographies LibGuide.

Find more citation tools on our Citations and Bibliographies research guide.