Writers' Manuals: APA
Go to the source for accurate style information. Copies are available online, in Reference, and in the Main Collection. Stop at the Reference Desk for assistance.
1. Be familiar with UW-System and UWW policies regarding academic misconduct:
- Avoiding Academic Misconduct: from UWW
- UWS 14.03 Academic misconduct subject to disciplinary action.
2. Keep track of all sources that you use while gathering resources, including print and online. Regardless of whether you think you may not use a certain bit of information in your final work, but it is easier than trying to track down its source later. Consider using Citation Management Software such as EndNote Web, Zotero, or other online tools for assistance.
3. Review writing techniques for referencing others' ideas in your writing, while giving due credit:
- Plagiarism: Cut & Paste Doesn't Cut It - A video guide from UWW Andersen Library
- Avoiding Plagiarism - A text-based guide from Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL)
- How to Avoid Plagiarism: An Information Literacy Tutorial - A video tutorial from Rutgers University
- Quoting and Paraphrasing Sources - A guide on how to avoid plagiarizing, created by UW-Madison's Writing Center
- Diagnosis Plagiarism - (16.45) On the lighter side, a video drama with tutorial and comprehension checks, from Yavapai College, AZ.
- Plagiarism Game - On the lighter side...
4. Make an appointment with the tutors at the UW-Whitewater Writing Center or sign up for a workshop. Cybertutoring is available for distance students.
Citations in APA
Citing Sources: APA Style
Many databases offer a "Cite" tool. Use these a starting point for building your References page; however, as these are often inaccurate, verify provided citations by checking them against a writers' manual or style guide.
Organizing References Using Citation Management Tools
You may be familiar with online citation generators such as Bibme.org or Son of Citation Machine. Using citation management software such as EndNote Web or Zotero, you can do much more, such as managing citations and references from any number of databases in one place. In addition, you can:
- Quickly add references to your collection while you search databases in Web of Science, EBSCOhost, and others.
- Organize references in folders for online access and use at any time.
- Create formatted reference lists in a variety of publishing styles.
- Share reference collections and collaborate with colleagues.
- Use Cite While You Write (CWYW: EndNote) or similar plugins to automatically add citations and references while you write in Microsoft Word and other word processing programs.
Andersen Library currently provides assistance with the following two citation managers, EndNote Web and Zotero, which are recommended especially for students in upper level courses requiring literature reviews or the collection of numerous references: