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Quick Guide for citing sources using APA 6th Edition (.pdf)

Free Citation Tools

There are a variety of tools that may help you keep track of information sources and cite them correctly. Orion College requires that you cite your sources in APA format. You may use the citation tools below. Always recheck your citations in the APA manual to make sure you are citing correctly.

Purdue OWL APA Style Workshop
Purdue University hosts an Online Writing Lab. This workshop provides an overview of APA (American Psychological Association) style ad where to find help with different APA resources. It provides an annotated list of links to all of their APA material and an APA overview. It is an excellent place to start to learn about APA format.


BibMe is a free citation generator developed at Carnegie Mellon University that produces citations and bibliographies in APA, MLA, Chicago and Turabian styles. It has some features not found in other free citation generators, such as autofill and the ability to switch between citation styles. One great feature is that if you register, you can save each of your citations to the website and access them whenever you need them.

How to Write Citations

Free citation generator for APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian in-Text, Bibliography, and Works Cited. Video demonstrations also provided here.

APA Sample Templates

APA Videos

Helpful videos to demonstrate how to use APA 6th edition formatting rules.

APA Tutorials from APA Style

  • **The Basics of APA Style**: This tutorial is designed for those who have no previous knowledge of APA Style. It shows users how to structure and format their work, recommends ways to reduce bias in language, identifies how to avoid charges of plagiarism, shows how to cite references in text, and provides selected reference examples.
  • What's New in the Sixth Edition: This tutorial provides an overview of key changes in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual, beginning with three overarching goals that guided the revision and ending with a detailed chapter-by-chapter list of new and expanded content.

APA Format Citations-Sixth (6th) Edition

How to format research, term papers and essays with APA Sixth Edition Publication Manual [second printing] in Microsoft Word. A Word template pre-set in APA style can be downloaded from http://www.peakwriting.com/APA.docx

Purdue OWL APA Videos

You will find videos to help with basic APA formatting, basic and detailed information on creating reference lists, entries for books, periodicals, and how to deal with complex authors in reference lists.

What are In-Text Citations?