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Psychology: Writing & Citation

APA guides

APA Formatting and Style Guide from Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Brief APA (American Psychological Association) tutorials to using APA style.

APA Style Blog  The official companion to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. It's run by a group of experts who work with APA Style every day.

Quick guide to APA style from the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Citation Managers

These online citation managers offer a convenient way to organize and keep track of your references.  

EasyBib   Free, automatic bibliography and citation maker.

Zotero    Another free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. 
NoodleTools   A comprehensive MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian bibliography composer with fully-integrated note-taking.
BibMe      An automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills.
 Caution:  No citation manager creates perfect citations. Check all your citations before submitting your work.  

Writing for Psychology & Avoiding Plagiarism

Best practices to avoid plagiarism:

  • Make direct quotations obvious with quotation marks or indentations
  • Paraphrase by changing the language of the source idea as much as possible
  • When in doubt: cite your source
  • In your notes and working drafts, label ideas that aren't your own
  • Save citations as you research, so you won't need to find them again