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Science Research and Design: APA Citation Guides

You will find resources to support research for this course listed here.

Ms. Murphy's Slides

APA Format Guides

Reminders when creating your References list

  • Title your reference list "References"
  • Indent the second line
  • Put in alphabetical order
  • Don't use bullets or numbers
  • Be careful with capitalization
  • Even if you found it online, it doesn't mean it's a website! Take an extra moment to correctly identify the type of source you're using and cite it properly.


When you cite, when you don't cite

When you cite:

  • Research finding from another paper
  • Quotes
  • A scientific claim that is not your own
  • Definitions that are not your own or common knowledge
  • Images
  • Techniques developed by another research

When you don't cite:

  • Your own research findings in your current study
  • Definitions that are common knowledge
  • Conclusions you've come to based on reasoning
  • Your own opinions or conjectures


adapted from a class activity, Mr. Rubin, February 2017

Citation Tools

Google Docs

You can now create citations in Google Docs! Go to Tools > Citations and select APA citation. You can add sources by filling out the form with the publication information. Then you can insert in-text citations as well as a References list with those sources. Be sure to proofread to confirm correct formatting.