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College Transitions: Cite Information

The Basics of APA

No matter the item, APA format includes four pieces of information in the following order:

Author (Who created the item?)

Date (When did they create it?)

Title (What is the item called?)

Source (Where did you find it?)


Citation helpers

You can use the Cite feature in the article databases


Remember to check the citation for accuracy.


Parts of an article citation

  • Author
  • Date
  • Article title
  • Journal title
  • Volume number
  • Issue number (if given)
  • Page numbers