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The Importance of APA Citations for Graduate Students

  Posted on: November 3, 2017

by Lachlan Gonzales

It important to cite research that you find online, in journals, books or elsewhere. A great deal of time and effort went into the research and the author(s) deserve credit for their work. The consequences of not citing properly can be serious, especially for a graduate student. They could be accused of plagiarism, even if it was unintentional. If a student is found guilty of plagiarism, they could be suspended (or expelled) from their program of study.

The good news is APA citations are not that difficult. They can be learned with time, patience, and practice. By using the APA Manual of Style 6th Edition, or other online resources, a graduate student can create the perfect in-text citations and references that demonstrate their professional academic skills. Finally, to cite like a PhD professor, graduate students should not use an online citation machine like BibMe. If there is a mistake, they will not be able to detect it.

Here is how to format an online journal citation:

Last name, Initials., & Last name, Initials. (Year). Title: Subtitle. Journal name, Volume number (Issue number) Page numbers. Retrieved from: URL (in plain text)

Daniels, R. (2017). Understanding planetary formation: The early solar system. Science, 23(2) 23-98. Retrieved from: URL

Potential Resources:

APA Manual of Style 6th edition

PURDUE OWL APA: An online resource that is very comprehensive

TRU Writing Centre OM 2674

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