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Human and Organizational Development Resources (HOD): Citing Your Sources

APA Citation Style

The American Psychological Association (APA) citation style is the dominiate style used in the social sciences and the one required here at Peabody.

Like all documentation styles, APA provides a standard system for giving credit to others for their contribution to your work.

The first thing you will need to do is determine what types of sources you have, then use the APA manual or the guides that Peabody Library has created to formulate your APA parenthetical citiations and your reference list.

Once you have cited everything properly, refer to the APA manual on how to coform your paper to the APA guidelines in terms of headings and formatting.


What is EndNote?

EndNote is a program for managing bibliographic citations. It simplifies much of the work of organizing and formatting citations and bibliographies in your writing. EndNote works with Microsoft Word and other word processing programs to automatically add references to your paper and format your bibliography into a proper citation style.

To use EndNote successfully, you will need to invest some time in learning the software. Unless you are searching for vast amounts of literature, you may find it more benefiical to create your references manually or you might consider using Zotero. If you're unsure if EndNote is right for you, please consult the EndNote LibGuide for more information.

Useful APA Citation Style Resources


American Psychological Assocation. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).Washington, DC: Author.

Call Number: Peabody Library Reference BF76.7 .P83 2010   


Unraveling APA: The Keys to Success [PowerPoint slides]                  


Peabody Library APA Citation Style Sources


Peabody Library APA Word Template


Sample APA paper from the APA manual (page 41)


APA Citation Style Checklist (developed by Michelle Edwards Thomson, Red Deer College,  Canada)


Sample APA headings for HOD 1000 assignment


Zotero: Highly Recommended Tool

Zotero is a FREE Firefox application that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use since it lives in your Web broswer where you do your work.    

Consider it as an online briefcase that helps you organize your citations, and it will even create bibliogrpahies in the style of your choice. (although use that feature with extreme caution since some citation elements may be incorrect!)

Installing Zotero:  

Zotero operates on any operating system. It requires Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or greater.

To install:

  1. Go to and click on the red "Download" button, then follow the instructions on the screen.
  2. Click the "Allow" button, then "Install Now" and then restart Firefox when prompted.
  3. A small Zotero button should appear at the bottom of your Firefox window.

 To add Zotero to Word:

  1. Go to
  2. Follow the instructions to install the Mac or Windows plugin.
  3. This will add a Zotero toolbar to MS Word. 


Leslie Foutch

Peabody Library