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APA Citations


APA - which stands for American Psychological Association -  is the format style that is used in SOWELA's nursing program and also in many of the behavioral and social sciences, such as criminal justice. APA style is currently in the 7th edition.

Use the menu on the left to find information on creating citations.

Reasons to Include Citations

Here are a few reasons why you need to have citations in your college writing:

  • to avoid plagiarism,
  • to provide your writing with evidence, and
  • to give credit to the scholars/researchers you rely upon.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of presenting ideas, expressions, or information created by others as your own. It is a form of academic dishonesty and is considered a violation of SOWELA's Academic Integrity policy [PDF] (pg 82). Plagiarism, cheating, and other violations of this policy will result in grade of 0% for the assignment and students could also possibly receive an "F" for the course and be dismissed from the college.

Using citations can help you avoid plagiarism.

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