Introduction to APA Documentation

What you’ll learn to do: examine APA documentation formatting and practices

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As you use sources for academic writing, it’s important to know how to responsibly cite and integrate those sources into your own writing. APA format provides guidelines and structures for citing those sources in a way that helps you avoid plagiarism and give proper credit to your sources.

APA stands for the American Psychological Association. Scholars working in the social sciences (psychology, history, political science, economics, geography, and sociology) typically use APA formatting and citation style.