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Writing a lot of research papers? Using a citation tool will help you create, edit, and manage citations for your sources. For more information, visit the Citation Tools guide

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Sample Transition Words and Phrases

Citing Public Administration Sources

APA Style is the standard for publications of the American Psychological Association (APA). While originally designed for the field of psychology, the style has been widely adopted by other social and behavioral sciences, including public administration.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th edition (2nd printing).
LOCATION: Cabell Reference Desk BF76.7 .P83 2010

NOTE: The Manual is not available electronically, so use the electronic resources listed below.

Electronic Resources - American Psychological Association

Tutorials from Lynda.com (VCU)

Online Resources from Others

Draft Citations

Let the databases do some of the work. Many of the research databases, including those from EBSCO and ProQuest, have an internal feature that will produce a citation in various styles. Look for a link or icon titled "cite" or "save, print, email." You will have to check for accuracy, so regard the citations as drafts, but you will save a lot of work.