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APA 6th Edition - OLD: Home




Note that the JIBC now uses the APA 7th edition

This 6th edition guide is here for those who may still need to refer to it

The American Psychological Association (APA) style is the set of rules that the APA maintains for writing research papers and citing your sources.

The purpose of citing your sources is to:  give credit to your sources AND to avoid plagiarism.

REMEMBER:  it is very important to cite your sources IN-TEXT as well as in your Reference List.  Use this Subject Guide to help you format your IN-TEXT citations and Reference List.

Check the ACADEMIC INTEGRITY  guide to ensure you avoid plagiarism.  A great source which includes tips and tricks for quoting and paraphrasing.

For more detailed information, consult the ...

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Top Resources - Start Here

Write the BEST paper you can by using these resources!

Remember:  the JIBC is sticking with the 6th edition until September 2020!

REFWORKS - web-based citation management tool - organize your references and produce an APA Reference List!

APA Videos

What Kinds of Sources Do I Document?

  • Direct quotations from a book, article, film, letter, email, lecture, etc.
  • Ideas you draw from a source but present entirely in your own words
  • Paraphrases and summaries of books, journal articles, pamphlets
  • Single words, short phrases, sentences and longer passages quoted from books or articles
  • Statistics
  • Legislation 

APA Paper Template

Use these templates as a guide - they are not perfect, but are great starting places!

NOTE: Your instructor may have specific requirements that override these templates.

JIBC is sticking with the 6th edition until Sept 2020

Google Docs

  • Expand the Template Gallery
  • Scroll to the last section EDUCATION
  • Select Report APA

Note:  it is not perfect (e.g. Abstract should not be indented), but it is a good starting place!

DOI = Digital Object Identifier

What is a DOI?

A DOI is a digital object identifier – a unique alphanumeric code that gives a persistent link to the web location for an electronic item. DOIs are commonly seen on current electronic journal articles, but are also often included in the print version of the article.

Example: doi:10.1080/14622200410001676305 or


  • Use a DOI (if assigned to the article) in citing articles whether accessed in the print or electronic form.
  • If you cannot locate a DOI, then use the JOURNAL homepage URL (e.g. Retrieved from

How do I find the DOI for an article?

1. Check the first page of the article for a DOI.

2. DOIs are often included in database records. If you're searching a library database like Academic Search Complete, and if a DOI is assigned to an article, you will find it in the database record for that article.

3. Check for the doi

4. DOIs may also be found in the bibliography of an article. If you find a DOI in a bibliography and want to find the actual article (or further citation information), you need to use a DOI resolver (see: ).