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Learning Strategies for Success: APA Style

The librarians assist with: Selecting databases • Creating searches • Finding scholarly & peer-reviewed articles • Locating ebooks • Narrowing search results • Using program research guides


Caution: It is not recommended for students to copy and paste citations generated in the research databases. There will be links in the databases for Citation Tools, Cite, or Cite Book. These are meant as loose guides only, and should not be directly copied and pasted into assignments (as this is computer generated and can be incorrect). Please review the provided citation examples and materials from the Success Center as guides to build APA citations.
For more APA Style information, contact the CSU Success Center by email at or by phone at 1.877.875.0533

Introduction & Overview

American Psychological Association (APA) Style Website 

The official APA website contains a wide variety of support materials for using this style in your writing process. The full edition of the APA Style guide is not free, but the support documents are freely accessible.

The Basics of Style shows users how to do the following:

  • structure and format their work
  • reduce bias in language
  • avoid charges of plagiarism
  • cite references in text
  • select reference examples
CSU APA Resources
  • CSU Citation Guide (PDF) - This tutorial is based on the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) but is not a complete guide. For all rules and requirements of APA, please refer to the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, which is available for purchase from the APA Style website. Should you have any questions, please contact the CSU Success Center by email at or by phone at 1.877.875.0533.
APA Style Blog

The APA Style Blog is a great resource for citation information created by the APA experts. Information at the site covers the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition.

Success Center Webinars and Tutorials


Individual References

*Note - When citing information from a database, use the DOI (data object identifier). If no DOI is available, no retrieval information will included in the reference. List the author, date, title, journal name, volume number, issue number, and page number. The name of the journal and the volume number will be in italics. The issue number will be in parentheses.