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Literature search: 8. Referencing

Overall guide for literature search

  Referencing & citing APA style

Why do you cite literature or data sources? 

Check out the video below from NCSU libraries. If it doesn't play, check it out here.

Background information

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Seventh edition.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

American Psychological Association. (2012). APA style guide to electronic references (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

APA Style Blog. The APA Style Blog is the official companion to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition. It's run by a group of experts who work with APA Style every day.


 Software tools

Reference tools

A reference management tool can really save you time and effort. Use a reference manager to store the references you collect while searching and evaluating literature and / or data. You can compile your own bibliography (list of references), automatically formatted in the style of your choice (e.g. APA style). In addition these tools may help you to:

  • organize your references

  • directly import references to a publication in APA style from various databases or search engines

  • create and save your notes together with the reference to the publication you read

  • save files for your research

  • share your references with others

Deciding which tool

How to Choose: Zotero or EndNote, Libguide of Washington University Libraries

Radboud University libguides:

  • Endnote

HTML tutorial

HTML tutorial

  • Zotero

HTML tutorial



(Video) tutorials

Citing sources in APA style HTML tutorial HTML tutorial
Radboud University Library e-learning module. Click on the flag for the language of your choice.

APA 7: The Basics of APA In-text Citations

APA 7: Creating APA Reference Entries