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New Guide for Citing Online Resources

The APA Style Guide to Electronic References is now available in both print and online format. As scholars and students know, providing accurate citations to information sources is an essential component of any research project or paper. Such research increasingly relies on documents in electronic formats, and it has not always been clear how to properly identify and cite these items. This new reference from the American Psychological Association offers researchers a comprehensive guide to citing digital materials. It is now available in print or online – there is a copy in the Dewey Reference section, and one on Reserve (Call Number: BF 76.7 P84X 2007). Search Minerva for the link to our electronic access.

Organized into categories ranging from reference materials such as online encyclopedias , to digital dissertations , to slightly more esoteric formats, such as audio podcasts -- this guide provides a quick overview of the type of material being discussed and provides specific citation examples.

Of particular note is the section on journal articles. The proliferation of journals now available full-text online (both with and without print counterparts), can make navigating the world of electronic citations somewhat cumbersome. Using simple language, the style guide erases much of the confusion. In particular, this section clarifies citing in situations when an item is pre-published on the web ahead of print, or when it has been assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI number). The style guide provides commentary explaining the differences between types of online journal articles to help you determine which citation format is most appropriate.

For a refresher on some of the more “standard��? citation rules for APA and other formats, be sure and visit the University Libraries’ Style Guides and “How and When to Cite…��? pages. These pages provide summaries of a wide variety of citation formats, and instructional resources to help you assure that you’ve properly attributed the sources in your research.

Reference Librarians can also help you answer any questions you have regarding when and how to cite a source. When in doubt, Ask a Librarian!

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