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SCU Library's guide to the APA 6th referencing style.
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Avoid plagiarism

The best way to avoid plagiarism is to cite your sources.

"Plagiarism is defined as the act of taking and using another's work, including unattributed material in whatever form and from whatever source, as one's own." SCU 2010 Student Handbook - Rule 3.17 Plagiarism.


Many thanks to the Red Deer College Library, for permission to use and adapt their APA Citation Style 6th Edition libguide.


Getting Started!

American Psychological Association (APA) style is commonly used for citing references in student papers in science and social sciences courses, such as Psychology and Nursing. The purpose of documentation is to:

  • Identify (cite) other people's ideas and information used within your essay or term paper.
  • Indicate the authors or sources of these in a References list at the end of your paper.

This guide is based on the APA Manual (6th ed.).

The following sections provide you with information and examples that will help you to cite the sources that you come across during your research.

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Publication manual of the American Psychological Association
Call Number: 808.027 PUBL
For further assistance, refer to the APA Manual located at all SCU Campus Libraries.


Important Information

Please check the guide provided by your School, Department, or lecturer, as it may vary from these guidelines and you may lose marks for not conforming to your school's requirements.


Printable guide


EndNote software helps you store and manage your references and create bibliographies.
Download the SCU APA 6th edn style from our EndNote LibGuide to match the APA examples we give in our APA LibGuide.
Suggested EndNote reference types using that style are provided for each example in this guide.


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