Using Sources & APA Style

The Purdue Global Writing Center supports writers in college composition and across the curriculum with resources that cover a range of topics on using sources and APA Style from documentation guidelines and videos on formatting a title page and reference list to writing with integrity and avoiding plagiarism. Browse the collection below or use the search tool to locate topics on using sources, APA Style, and more.


Basic Documentation Guidelines

How to write effectively when using sources

Writing With Integrity

Expectations for academic research and professional writing and how to avoid plagiarism

Podcasts on Using Sources

Find podcasts on a variety of topics covering using sources, APA Style, conducting research, analyzing articles, and avoiding plagiarism.


APA Common Citations and References

Locate clear examples of in-text citations and reference list entry formats for common types of digital and print sources.

APA Demystified in Five Minutes

Understand the basics of APA Style by watching this 5-minute video.

Formatting an APA Style Paper and Title Page

Follow the guidance in this video tutorial when formatting an APA Style title page in Microsoft Word.

Formatting an APA Style Reference List

Follow the guidance in this video tutorial when formatting an APA Style reference list in Microsoft Word.

Formatting Graphics and Visuals

Learn how to format tables and figures such as images in APA Style.

Formatting an APA Style PowerPoint Presentation

Learn how to format a PowerPoint following APA Style guidelines for lists, citations and references, tables, figures, and images.


Plagiarism FAQ

Find answers to frequently asked questions about plagiarism.

Writing With Integrity

Understand the expectations for academic research and professional writing and how to avoid plagiarism

Internet Research: Avoiding Plagiarism

Learn about internet research, common knowledge, and how to avoid plagiarism when using online sources.


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Citation Situations

Understanding APA Style’s author-date citation system is easy enough, right? But anyone who conducts research knows that citing sources is not always so straight forward. Sometimes a source has more than one author, and...

Signal Phrases

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A Tale of Two Citations

In the 7th edition, APA Style differentiates between two types of in-text citations: parenthetical and narrative. With the author-date citation system, sometimes both the author and date appear in parenthesis separated by a comma–thus,...

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