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NVOL Digital Learning Commons: APA Style Referencing

Which subjects would I use APA (American Psychological Association) referencing style for?

At NVDLS, we use APA style for the following subjects:

  • Sciences
  • Math

What tools can I use to help me create citations in APA style?

There are free online tools that can help you to generate citations and a References page in APA style.

These tools are only as good as the person using them: it is still your responsibility to check that you have the correct information for your sources of information and that it has been correctly formatted.

Why can using databases help me with creating citations?

If you use paid online databases (e.g. Science in Context) or encyclopedias (e.g. World Book) for locating information for your projects, you will be provided with the citation for each source you use. This can save you a lot of time and will provide you with an accurate citation.

These citations are often located at the end of the article and would look like this:

  • Schlosser C. (2020). Carbon cycle. In World Book Advanced. Retrieved from


  • Scogna, K. (2014). Carbon cycle. In K. L. Lerner & B. W. Lerner (Eds.), The Gale Encyclopedia of Science (5th ed.). Farmington Hills,             MI: Gale. Retrieved from

*Note that you may need to reformat as copying and pasting sometimes removes the correct layout: this is shown in the second example.

You can often collect your research within the database and then create a reference page to export, or you may be able to export it to a different tool.

Access to this type of database and encyclopedia are available through your home school and NVDLS; if you have a public library card, you can often access them through the local public library website too once you are logged in.


Where can I learn more about how to use APA style?

Where can I find examples of what APA looks like in practice?