This guide provides you with all of the basic information you need to properly cite resources in APA style. If you have additional questions, or if you are trying to cite something unique, please consult the full manual (click the title above to find a copy) or ask a Research & Instruction Librarian for help.
The primary reason why you need to cite your sources is so that you can give proper credit to the original author or creator and avoid any charges of plagiarism.
Other reasons for citing your resources include:
Plagiarism is using another person's words or ideas in your work without clearly acknowledging or crediting the original source of the information.
You must give credit whenever you use:
In most cases, plagiarism is an accident that happens because someone is not aware of their responsibility to cite certain pieces of information from other people. When in doubt, cite it!