APA and database tips for end of term

At the reference desk we always get a lot of questions about citations… this time of year those questions definitely ramp up, as everyone’s getting their final papers and reports finished.

Below, a few specific questions that come up about APA style, as well as some links to guides or websites that are useful resources for APA citations.

How do you reference a web page that has no author? (answered at the APA Style website)

How do you cite an interview? (answered at the APA Style website)

Missing pieces: how to cite something without all the information? (handy table at the APA Style Blog)

APA Style FAQs from their website– good source for questions about style, references, punctuation, and formatting.

The APA Style Blog is also a great resource for questions about citations; you can use the search box or use the tag cloud to find posts about topics such as citing personal communications, tables and figures, social media, and much more.

Also check out the Library’s APA citation tutorial here, and our APA Style and Citation guide, with many examples of citations, here.

As for library databases, there are a couple tricks you should know– you can use the cite function that is available in most databases, including OCtopus; just be careful to double check the citation with one of the guides above, as the databases do not always create citations properly. They can be a good starting point, however.

Another tip– use the permanent URL function in the databases. Don’t copy and paste the URL from the address bar if you’re in a database and find an article you like– this link may break. There will usually be a permanent link option (often on the right side of the page, or across the top– look for chain links icon) that will create a link that will not break. You can also email yourself the references for later use.

And of course you can always ask for help!

 

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