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May 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 171

Doing research is an essential part of writing a paper. Research is important because reading through other people's work can help a person form ideas. It can also help you find other people who have similar ideas to your own and use them as evidence to support your ideas. And since these works and ideas will have become entwined with your own once you write your paper, it is important that you give credit to those who helped you along the way. You can accomplish this by listing down your sources. Listing down the people whose work you have used in the course of writing your paper will also make your paper more credible to readers as well as enable them to easily find those sources should they want to learn more about the topic or make sure that the source you used is legitimate. Another important reason why you should cite sources is to avoid being accused of plagiarism.

There are several formats used in writing a paper thus there are also several ways to cite sources. References is used in the APA format, Works Cited is used in the MLA format, and Bibliography is something that's entirely different. In "References" and "Works Cited", the only sources listed are those that you mention within your paper. With a Bibliography, the list contains all the works you consulted in the course of writing your paper, regardless of whether they were mentioned in the paper or not. Now, the APA citation style can sometimes be challenging even for those of us who've used it a couple of times already. Fortunately, there are a number of APA format generators that can help us out. So, how does one use such a tool? Generally, all you need are the details required when citing sources in the APA format. These details include the author's name, the date of publication, the title of the article, the title of the journal or periodical (if applicable), the volume number (if applicable), and the page numbers. Once you have all the details, you simply input them in the APA format generator and get all those details listed in the proper format. Simply copy and paste the result on to your paper. Of course, you just need to make sure that all sources are listed alphabetically.

For those who are interested in such tools, there are a number of them that can be found online. You can even get an APA citation generator free, no payment required. To find them, you can search using the following keywords, "APA format generator", "son of citation machine", and "APA format tool." With the advent of APA format generators, citing sources isn't as hard as it used to be.

The author of this article is an experienced researcher and writer, often using an APA format generator to lessen time spent on documentation.

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