APA style is a set of guidelines developed to help writers express their ideas and research findings clearly and consistently. APA Style was developed by the American Psychological Association and is used in the social sciences, including psychology.
This online guide is designed to help students with several basic areas of APA Style including:
helps readers of your paper to identify the sources of the information you used
helps you find the information you used, later on
helps you avoid plagiarism because it shows which ideas are yours and which ideas belong to another person
is expected for college-level and professional-level academic work
For further information see College of San Mateo's plagiarism policy.