Library Research Guide
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 toavoid plagiarism. You will create a citation whenever you use the (direct quote) or (paraphrase) from another author. Failing to do so is a violation of the K-State Honor Code.
You will use APA format to cite the articles you find.
Many databases have a "cite" link on the records that will help you create a citation in the appropriate format, like this one in PsycINFO: Be sure to proofread these citations, they do not always come out perfectly.
Find more citation tools on our Citations and Bibliographies Guide.
Basic APA format for journal citation:
AuthorLastName, I. M., AuthorLastName, U. R., & AuthorLastName, M. M. (Year). Article title. Journal Title, volume number(issue number), pages. http://dx.doi.org/xx.xxx/yyyyy
In PsycINFO, you see this:
Legault, Lisa; Green-Demers, Isabelle; Eadie, Allison L.. Motivation and Emotion Vol. 33, Iss. 1, (Mar 2009): 10-24.
When you cite this in your paper, it looks like this (page numbers required if it's a direct quote, recommended if it's a paraphrase):
"The understanding of prejudice is, and always has been, an important goal for social psychologists" (Legault, Green-Demers, and Eadie, 2009, p. 11).
Legault, Green-Demers, and Eadie (2009) state that, "the understanding of prejudice is, and always has been, an important goal for social psychologists" (p. 11).
In your reference list, your citation looks like this: