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Browse library resources for the study of Psychology (go/psycguide/)

Which Citation Style?

If you're not sure which citation style to use, ask your professor.

For most Psychology research papers, you'll cite sources in American Psychological Association (APA) style. See the APA section of our Citation Guide for instructions.

Create Citations Quickly

PsycINFO will create APA citations for you. Here's how:

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  1. Click on the "Email" button
  2. Select "Include bibliographic citations at the end
  3. Select "APA 6th - American Psychological Association"
  4. Enter your email address
  5. You'll receive a message with APA-style citations and links back to the articles in PsycINFO

Zotero: Collect, Organize and Create Citations

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Organize your research and automatically create bibliographies in MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, and more.

For students using Zotero for Psychology: You will need to modify article titles in your Zotero library. All article titles should be written in sentence case (capitalize only the first word of the title, the first word following a colon, and all proper nouns). Here's how to convert article titles into sentence case:

  1. Right-click on the (unselected) title in the right-hand pane
  2. Select "Transform Text"
  3. Select "Sentence Case"
  4. Go back and capitalize the first word in a subtitle, and all proper nouns

Citation Help

When you use the words, ideas, or creations of someone else, cite them. To make it easier to keep track of your sources, try a citation tool like Zotero. Not sure how to properly format your citations? Citation styles (MLA, APA, Chicago) give you detailed guidelines. The citation style you use will depend on the discipline, journal, or course for which you are writing. 

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