√ To acknowledge that others have influenced your work
√ Citing a work indicates that you have read the cited work
√ To support key ideas and arguments in your work
√ To place your work in the context of the field of study
√ To avoid accusations of plagiarism
APA Style for writing a research paper is used primarily in the social sciences. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) is in paper format only and can be found at the Reference Desk in the library. In the Publication Manual, you will find useful tips on how to correctly format your paper and how to cite the resources you used in your paper. Some example citations of APA style can be found in the tabs above for various resources. There are also several online resources that outline the formatting and citation structure used in APA style. A few of these resources are listed below.