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Social Work 7200: Human Development Through the Life Course: How Do I Cite My Sources?

Library guide for SW 7200 Social Work Across the Lifespan course.

APA Style Manual and Guides


The standard in the field of social work is APA style.

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. (7th ed.). (2020). Washington, DC, American Psychological Association. BF76.7 .P83 2020

Several non-circulating copies of the printed manual are available in the reference desk on Library North 1; circulating copies are available on Library North 5.

Citing While Writing Using APA

GSU Citation Guide

OWL at Purdue APA Formatting and Style Guide


APA Manual 7th Edition

Citing With APA: Reference List

APA: in-text citations


DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) are used to identify digital materials uniquely and persistently. APA is now recommending that these numbers, when available, be included in citations to electronically retrieved articles. Many articles indexed in PsycINFO and other databases now include DOI numbers.  Here is an example of the use of a DOI number in a citation:

Padilla-Walker, L. M., & Carlo, G. (2007). Personal values as a mediator between parent and peer expectations and adolescent behaviors. Journal of Family Psychology, 21(3) 538-541. doi:10.1037/0893-3200.21.3.538


Endnote is a widely used bibliographic reference software program that can help you organize your citations. It is free to Georgia State faculty, staff and students.  

Zotero is the powerful and free reference manager that allows you to save and organize references from library catalogs, databases, and other websites, and create bibliographies in thousands of citation styles. It works with Windows, MacOS and Linux, and with Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.