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ECOL 3300: Virtual Field Program in Ecological Problem Solving: How do I cite this thing?

Course guide for Dr. Rugenski's ECOL 3300 course to help with finding peer-reviewed and grey literature

Citation

Purdue OWL APA style guide is an excellent resource for figuring how to cite something. Sometimes, figuring out what type of information you have can be the most challenging. From there you'll want to fill in as much information as possible, so the next person reading or interacting with your material is able to find your sources. 

You'll most likely be working with Electronic Sources which covers:

  • Webpages (which can include Fact Sheets)
  • Online News Articles
  • Data Sets

     

Peer-reviewed journal articles. General format is as follows:

Example:

Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number), pages. DOI if present.

Two authors: 

First Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial (if present)., & Second Author Surname, First Initial. Second initial (if present). (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number), pages. DOI if present.

Multiple authors:

First Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial (if present)., Second Author Surname, First Initial. Second initial (if present)., & Third Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial (if present). (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number), pages. DOI if present.

Legal cases or court decisions: APA Legal References 

Government publications such as bulletins and reports, which are not found on the Purdue OWL guide as APA actually doesn't have a distinct category for this. General format for these items are as follows:

Example:

Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. OR Government Name*. Name of Government Agency. (Year). Title: Subtitle (Report No. xxx [if available]). Publisher. (Good examples can be found here)

 

Other helpful citation things

Quick overview on placing in-text citations into a paper can be found here

You can also make use of citation managers to help with placing in-text citations and creating your works cited. One that is fairly easy to get started with is RefWorks, which is available through UGA Libraries. More information can be found here.