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Reference & Instruction Librarian
Office: LL115
Phone: 717-477-1123 ext. 3312

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Citation Formatting

Quick Guides by Dr. Cook

Online Citation Tools

These programs allow you to electronically format your sources and create a bibliography that can be downloaded directly into your paper.

Source Aid

SourceAid’s Citation Builder formats your bibliography in MLA, APA, CMS & CSE styles. You can also save your work for later editing or addition.

Citation Machine

Citation Machine generates works cited entries in MLA and APA formats which are able to be copied and pasted into a word document.


We subscribe to this service! RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic software package that enables you to:

  • Organize your research
  • Include citations while you write your paper
  • Build a bibliography in a variety of style formats (MLA, APA, Chicago)
  • Import references from many data sources (Databases, Catalog
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PSY101 - General Psychology - Dr. Devlen

Librarian - Dr. Cook -


Your Assignment:

Choose an empirical article available in PDF format (NOT html) from a peer-reviewed Psychology journal, published 2000 - present. Cite in APA style. 

 See a Sample Empirical Psychology Article  

How can you tell if it's an empirical article from a scholarly journal?

  1. "Journal of...."
  2. Look for the words "In this study" [Describes 1 or 2 studies done by the author(s)]
  3. Includes sections with the titles: Method, Participants, Measures, Procedures, Results, Discussion.
  4. Reference List at the end of the article
  5. Database Hints:  
    1. Choose "Peer-Reviewed" or "Scholarly" when searching databases
    2. Choose "Full Text"
    3. Indicate date "2000 to present"
    4. Add the word "Research" or "Study" to your search topic

Resources from Ship Library

The following can also be accessed from the Library's web page -


1. Scholarly Psychology Articles - If you don't find full text of the article, choose "Check Availability" to order it via ILLIAD [inter library loan]

 PsycINFO  - An index to abstracts of journal articles, books, and reports in psychology and related fields. 

 PsycARTICLES  - Includes full-text for 53 Peer-Reviewed psychology journals published by the American Psychological Association and related groups. Most titles go back to 1985 or to the first journal issue; coverage of the remaining titles extends back to the mid-1990s. 

 Psychological and Behavioral Sciences Collection  - A full-text database to 500+ psychology and behavioral science journals. 80%+ of the items are in full-text; almost all are peer-reviewed, with much coverage back to the 1970s. The 50+ titles included in PsycARTICLES, are not in this collection.

2. Other Article Resources 

Academic Search Complete  - Our main, full text database of journal and magazine articles in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, business and eduation. 50% of the articles are available immediately in electronic form.

Other subject databases - You may need to check our other subject databases such as, SportDiscus, SOCIndex, etc. 

JSTOR  - provides access to an online archive for 700+ full text scholarly journals throughout the arts and sciences. It includes online backfiles which extend from the first issue to within 3-5 years of the current issue

3. Other Useful Services 

 InterLibraryLoan   ILLiad - Articles not available in our databases can be ordered from ILLiad 

 Journal Title List   a searchable list of all the journals to which Ship subscribes both digitally and in paper

APA Style - Quick Guide - 2 page printable handout