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Research Guides

WRR302: Writing in Business and the Professions

Introduction to APA

APA style is the preferred citation format for social sciences, including business and management.  The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association provides guidelines for when and how to properly cite your sources.

APA style includes two key elements:

  • In-text citations: credit your sources for specific ideas that you use.
  • Reference list (bibliography): allow other readers to find those sources themselves.

You must include both in-text citations and a final reference list in your papers.

APA Tutorial

Citation Examples

The following sources offer sample citations in APA style.