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BIO 116: Biological Concepts: Structure (Peredo): Citing Your Sources and Academic Integrity

Citing Sources - APA


Watch Video: APA Citation Style for a quick introduction to APA citations.

See the APA Citation Style Guide for an excellent list of sample citations and guidance on doing in-text citations.

Consult the Purdue OWL Writing Lab APA Formatting and Style Guide for an overview of how the APA style works, both in writing your paper and in creating citations.

If you are interested in using a citation manager to gather your research source citations and format them as needed, see our Citation Managers guide.


You may also see the Citing Sources page of the library site for a number of useful links and tips for information on how cite your sources and also some tools that will help you do so. And whatever you do, don't forget the ability to email yourself an APA, MLA, or Chicago citation from Articles & More and other databases. If you don't know how to do this, just ask me!

Citation Generators

Quickly build a citation in the citation style you need to add to your bibliography/source list:

Citefast - free citation generator

ZoteroBib - build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software.

Citation Builder - free citation generator from North Carolina State University Libraries

Academic Integrity

Avoiding Plagiarism

Here are some helpful tips on identifying and avoiding plagiarism:

Here are some tips on preventing plagiarism when writing 

And, one more video on synthesizing information where you bring together your thoughts and the information you learn from other sources into your paper (citing where needed).

Avoiding Plagiarism: What Do I Need to Cite? 

How to Make Sure You Have Good Information

Don't Just Trust What You Find - Verify!

How can you be sure that the information you find through Google or the library is going to be useful for your assignment? Use the SIFT steps below  (Stop, Investigate, Find, Trace) to make sure your source is on track. You can also consult our Avoiding Bad or Fake News guide.


SIFT breakdown

Web accessible version

*Design layout for SIFT based on shared image from the University of Oregon