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APA Citation Style

APA Citation Style

APA (American Psychological Association) Style is used in Social Science disciplines, like Psychology and Education. Always consult your assignment or ask your instructor for the correct citation style to use

Source: "Introduction to Citation Styles: APA 7th ed." by CSUDH Library, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Learn the basic conventions of citing sources in-text and in a reference list using the American Psychological Association (APA) Style, 7th edition.

How Do I Cite an App in APA Style?

According to the APA Style Blog, citing mobile apps (e.g. apps that you use on your phone or other electronic device) follow this template:

Rightsholder, A. A. (year). Title of Software or Program (Version number) [Mobile app]. Source information (e.g. Google Play Store). URL


If you are citing a daily diary report from your MyFitnessPal app (as one example), you will include any information about the specific page or article you are citing, followed by the app information: 

MyFitnessPal, L.L.C. (2019). Diary: June 20, 2019, In myfitnesspal for Apple iOS (Version [Mobile app]. Apple App Store.


Looking for the MyFitnessPal app version?

  • You can find the version information under More (...) > (?) Help > About Us. 

MyFitnessPal version information example

Why Cite Sources?

Why Cite Sources?

Avoid Plagiarizing: You must cite any direct quotation, summary, or paraphrase of any idea or fact from your research. Citing sources is giving credit to the original author and publication where you found the information. Not citing sources is plagiarism and you may be subject to academic discipline.

Lend Authority to Your Paper: By referencing the work of scholars and other professionals, you demonstrate that your own research is based on solid, reliable information and that you are capable of critical thinking by being able to synthesize that research into your own.

Provide a Path: By citing sources, you provide the information readers of your paper need in order to locate the same sources that you did.

Acknowledge Other's Work: Part of your research is built upon the research of other people. In the scholarship tradition in the United States, it is considered respectful and fair to give them credit for their hard work (just as you might hope someone would give you credit if they were quoting your own work!)

Link to Full APA Citation Guide

Quick Guide - APA

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Research 103: NoodleTools Citation Workshop

Research 103: NoodleTools Citation Workshop

Scholarship is a Conversation!
This hands-on workshop will help you understand why and how to give credit in your academic work and beyond.

Workshop focus:
  • Understanding why and when to cite other works
  • Integrating and citing sources material
  • Using NoodleTools citation maker
Please create your NoodleTools account before attending the workshop. Instructions for creating a NoodleTools account can be found under the NoodleTools Workshop registration link.

  • Week 4 Monday July 19, 12:30pm - 1:00pm (MLA)
  • Week 5 Tuesday July 27, 12:30pm - 1:00pm (APA)
  • Week 6 Monday August 2, 12:30pm - 1:00pm (MLA)
  • Week 7 Tuesday August 10, 12:30pm - 1:00pm (APA)

NoodleTools Citation Workshop is a virtual synchronous workshop with an asynchronous component that is emailed out to registrants prior to the workshop.
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