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Psychology: Writing/Citing in Psych

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Psychology Citation and Writing Manual

APA is the citation and style method for Psychology.

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Citing in APA Style

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Headers

Your paper should include  a page header at the top of every page. To create a page header/running head, insert page numbers flush right. Then type "TITLE OF YOUR PAPER" in the header flush left using all capital letters. The running head is a shortened version of your paper's title and cannot exceed 50 characters including spacing and punctuation.

In-text citations for articles with multiple authors

List all the authors in parentheses the first time you cite the source. (Kernis, Cornell, Sun, Berry, & Harlow, 1993)

In subsequent citations, only use the first author's last name followed by "et al.": (Kernis et al., 1993)

Avoid Bias

In general, you should call people what they prefer to be called, especially when dealing with race and ethnicity. But sometimes the common conventions of language inadvertently contain biases towards certain populations - e.g. using "normal" in contrast to someone identified as "disabled." Therefore, you should be aware of how your choice of terminology may come across to your reader, particularly if they identify with the population in question. More info here.

(all the above material is taken from OWL Purdue's website)

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