Apa style

Citation is an expression used to indicate that the information you’ve used in your writing belongs to someone else. Citing sources of information is extremely important as the content does not belong to you originally. Acknowledging someone else's effort for his work is extremely important and absence of citation in such a case is termed as plagiarism. Adding resources to your work makes it credible and provides evidence of intellectual honesty.

There are many styles discovered for citation purpose including APA, ML A, ASA, Bluebook, Harvard referencing, and Vancouver system. Each citation style has a different format which has to be followed strictly when citing sources. There are specified citation styles for different disciplines. Also, many organizations have discovered unique styles which could fit their needs.

The American Psychological Association has abbreviated its citation style as the APA style. It is one of the most commonly used citation style preferred in social sciences. APA citation style is also known to be a specified format used to link text to its source. It requires a reference list to be mentioned at the end of the text or presentation. The in-text citation does not give details about the source which makes requirement for a detailed reference list. The APA citation style mentions the author’s name, journal’s name, year of publication and the page of extracted text.

The reference list should also be arranged according to the given APA format. The entries in the reference list should be alphabetically arranged with the author’s name, titles, and page numbers. Indentation of the beginning line should be flushed to the left margin. The subsequent lines should leave 5 spaces after the left margin. It is important to use single citation at a time to avoid mistakes. Examples on each citation style can further guide you on how to you use them accurately.