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Guidelines for the ENGR 101 term paper


This guide is targeted to the ENGR 101 assignment but is a useful guide for all assignments that use the American Psychological Association (APA) style for citation formats.

This is a general guide to help you get started but it CANNOT cover all the different types of materials and sources you may encounter in your research.

Consult the CSULB Citing Information Sources guide for links to guides from other libraries.

The ultimate authority on this is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010.

We have a copy at the University Library: 1st Floor Reference BF 76.7 .P83 2010 (additional locations)

Consult the reference librarian if you need assistance.

Why APA?

There is no general citation style that covers ALL the disciplines in engineering so the instructors in this course have chosen to use APA. You will most likely be using APA in some of your general education courses so this assignment will prepare you for other research papers.  The golden rule: whatever style you use make sure to follow the rules of that particular style and be consistent.

As you progress in the engineering program, you will use the style appropriate for your discipline. If you want a preview of the different citation styles for the engineering disciplines check out the guide from Lehigh University.

Journal Article (example)

Hover over the image below to identify the elements needed to create an APA citation.

(On mobile devices: click the image below to identify the elements needed to create an APA citation.)

example of an academic journal article


Thanks to all the librarians who have created excellent guides on this topic. In particular I would like to thank the following:

Pasadena City College Library has an excellent brief (2 page) guide. Some of the examples here are from that guide.