Important! Updated APA Citation Style Guide

OC Library has updated its APA Citation Style Guide. This guide replaces any previous guides and reflects the rules and examples in the 2009 APA Publication Manual, 6th edition, 2nd printing.

The updated guide offers some clarification of APA examples and rules. Some important things to remember:

  • if you are unable to identify a specific example, follow an example that is most like your source
  • if available, always use the DOI for electronic resources (i.e. journal articles, e-books)
  • a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is a unique string of numbers and letters applied to content. DOIs are typically on the first page of a journal article or are included in a database’s article information
  • if the DOI is not available, give the website homepage of the journal, book, or report publisher
  • if the DOI is not available and you got the article from a subscription database (like Business Source Complete) you still need to include the journal website homepage – a quick Google search should help you find the correct website address

Don’t forget, the Library APA guide only covers frequently used citation forms only. For more detailed information refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association available in the reference section of your campus Library and to the APA Style website.

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