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Education Research

A guide to starting points in education research at Queen's University, Kingston.

Follow the APA Style Guide

The Faculty of Education prefers the American Psychology Association style for the formatting of scholarly papers including in-text and reference citations.

The Education Library has 6 copies of the latest print edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

5 copies are in the general stacks on Floor 2 at call number BF 76.7 .P83 2010a and 1 copy is in the Reference Collection on  Floor 2 at the same call number.

A free online supplement to this Manual is available on the APA web site.



An online edition of the APA Style Guide to Electronic References (2012) is also available.

Use your NetID and password to view, print, or download the e-book.  This is your go-to source for most online citations you will need to document.


Many free guides to the APA style are available online.  We recommend the APA Formatting Style Guide created by Purdue University Library.  The APA site also offers guidance through free tutorials, a FAQ site and the searchable APA Style Blog.

Can't find an example of the type of reference you need to cite?  Here's what APA recommends you do: "choose the example that is most like your source and follow that format" (

Organize Citations

There are several citation management systems available to use for free on the internet, including EndNote Basic, Mendeley, and Zotero.  Find more information on our Citation Management Guide.