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PSY 101 - Information Literacy Guide

Supports General Studies Information Literacy Skills

Why cite?

  • to help build a case 

  • to provide context

  • to provide evidence

  • to give credit 

Using information from another source without acknowledging and honoring the efforts of the creator is not only unethical, it's also a form of stealing called plagiarism. You are also obliged to cite for reasons of transparency. Citing allows your readers to locate and inspect the source you used, in case they want to verify that you used it appropriately. 

Formatting in Psychology (APA Style)

Format for citing a journal article

Author's full name, inverted so that last name appears first. Year. “Article Title in Title Caps and in Quotes.” Journal Title in Title Caps and Italicized Volume Number(Issue Number):page numbers of article.



Phillips, Lindsay. 2015. "Homelessness: Perception of Causes and Solutions." Journal of Poverty 19(1):1-19.


In the example above the title of the journal (also commonly referred to as the source) is italicized and it comes after the title of the article. 

The author is Lindsay Phillips.

The title of the article is "Homelessness: Perception of Causes and Solutions."

The title of the journal is Journal of Poverty.