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Answered By: Jeneen LaSee-Willemssen
Last Updated: Jul 30, 2016     Views: 2412

APA stands for "American Psychological Association" but when we say do your paper in "APA" we mean do your paper according to the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition.

APA style used by researchers and professionals who work in the social sciences and some sciences to format papers, cite sources in-text, and list references at the end of their papers.

Why Do We Cite Resources?
Citations are tools that help your reader. But they serve other valuable purposes, including:


>Giving credit where credit is due
>Demonstrating that your research rests on a solid foundation
>Adding credibility to your argument by integrating the work of experts
>Creating a research roadmap that enables other researchers to follow the creation of knowledge over time
>Avoiding plagiarism

Rasmussen requires all students and staff to use APA style in their research papers because professionals in the programs we offer use it when publishing.

We have developed many tools to assist students writing APA research papers.  These tools can be accessed within this ANSWERS database and/or through the Resources tab in your online course or on the library page of the student portal under Research Tools. 

Links are listed below for your use:

 

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