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APA stands for the American Psychological Association and APA style refers to the rules and techniques a student/researcher/author uses when writing in the fields of social sciences, business, education, health, and psychology. When the rules and conventions associated with APA style are followed, anyone familiar with these conventions can easily follow-up on the cited research. Citing material lends credence to a particular point of view or argument, as well as crediting other authors' ideas.
Example of an in-text citation:
Ko and Rossen (2001) recommend that web sites are evaluated thoroughly
before offering them to students as information resources.
Example of a direct quote citation:
Teachers interviewed in this study came to a consensus about engineering design
curriculum, they think that it will "elevate the status of their program, the profession,
and standing among faculty while providing a platform for mathematics and science
integration" (Denson, Kelley, & Wicklein, 2009, p. 95).
Example of a citation to a journal article:
Denson, C. D., Kelley, T. R., & Wicklein, R. C. (2009). Integrating engineering
design into technology education: Georgia's perspective. Journal of Industrial
Teacher Education 46(1), 81-102.
Example of a citation to a print book with more than two authors:
Ko, S., & Rossen, S. (2001). Teaching online: A practical guide. Boston, MA:
For more examples and explanations of APA style, use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. This manual is available at all of the IRSC libraries.