Any time you use or refer to a work created by someone else, you should always provide a citation to the original work, even if you rephrased the source in your own words. If you are using a direct quote, be sure to put it in quotation marks or use a block quote. Citation is particularly important when you are turning in assignments for Relay or are publishing something for the public.
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Citations are important for the following reasons:
There is no single correct way to provide a citation, although several conventions exist such as the MLA, APA, and Chicago citation styles. The most important thing is that you are consistent, that you are clear to your audience about which parts of your work were originated from someone else, and that you provide enough information so that other people can find the work in question. At minimum, your reference should include as much of the following information as possible:
Relay uses the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style, and in your work for Relay, citations should follow this style whenever possible. The guide below gives examples for how you can cite your sources. If what you are trying to cite does not match exactly with any of the examples on the APA guide, don't be afraid to use what one APA blogger calls a "Frankenreference" (McAdoo, 2010). In other words, mix and match examples as needed. It is more important that you include enough information to find the original resource than that you follow APA format exactly.
You should be sure to collect all the information you need for a citation when you first find a resource you may want to use in an assessment, so that you don't need to hunt down resources again. For articles, books, and websites, citations managers like Zotero can be useful tools.
The video below gives a quick overview of how to create APA citations. The full APA citation guide can be found in the box below the video.