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Evaluating Sources

Consider these criteria to determine if your sources are reputable:

Author:  Who produced the information? What can you find about the author’s credentials?

Publication Type:  Where was the item published? Essays in scholarly books and articles in peer-reviewed journals are written by experts and have undergone rigorous scrutiny and editing prior to publication.

Accuracy:  Does the author cite references to support his/her thesis? Are the references also from scholarly and credible sources?

Timeframe: When was the source published? Is the information still relevant?


APA Style Manual

Consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for citation guidelines:

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Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) - American Psychological Association
Call Number: Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference BF76.7 .P83 2010 (Lib Use Only)
ISBN: 1433805596
Additional copies are available:

Shields Reserves WZ 345 P83 2010 (Two Hour Loan)
Phy Sci Engr Library Reference BF76.7 .P83 2010 (Lib Use Only)
Carlson Health Sci Library Reference WZ 345 P83 2010 (Lib Use Only)
Blaisdell Medical Library Reference WZ 345 P83 2010 (Lib Use Only)

See also: Supplemental Materials

Web Resources & Citation Software

Use these tools to help you cite your sources:

  • OWL: Purdue Online Writing Lab
    This comprehensive site includes instructions on several citation styles, including APA.
  • KnightCite
    This site is maintained by the Hekman Library at Calvin College in Michigan. Generate citations for print and online sources in APA (or MLA or Chicago) styles.
  • Zotero
    Manage and cite your sources with this free tool that you download into your Firefox web browser.
  • Endnote
    Endnote is a tool for managing and generating citations. It is licensed by the campus for the UC Davis community.

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