BSE 3520: Principles of Management and Leadership
APA Style Guides
When to Cite Sources
You must cite a source in all of the following situations:
- Using a direct quote from another author
- Paraphrasing the words of another author
- Including another author's ideas, even if you disagree with them
- Whenever you're not sure whether or not you need to cite a source
How to Cite Sources in APA Style
There are two steps involved in citing your sources correctly:
- Include a short version of the citation in the text of the paper when you use the source. In APA style, the short version includes the author's last name and the publication date.
- Include the full version of the citation in a list of references at the end of your paper.
You only need to include each source in the reference list once. But you must include an in-text citation every time you use a quote, idea, opinion, or fact from a source, even if you are paraphrasing or summarizing the source in your own words.
Example of a paper using APA citations. Access this example as a Word document (Links to an external site.).