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PSYC 2320: Research Methods in Psychology (Woolley)

Before beginning your paper, you must first read Chapter 10, "Traditional (Nonexperimental) Psychology Research Papers," of the The Psychology Student Writer's Manual, available at in the course reserves section of the Library.

Writing and APA Citation guides for Psychology

Academic Writer


Academic Writer "is an online platform designed to assist instructors and educate students on the proper application of the rules of APA Style in their writing." The resource includes a collaborative writing program, a citation generator, along with a library of pedagogical tools and many sample papers and citations formatted in APA style.

Technical Requirements

The recommended browser for Academic Writer is Firefox or Chrome. When accessing Academic Writer when off campus, do not use Internet Explorer – it will not work.

There is not yet a mobile site for Academic Writer, so it is best to view it on a computer.

Your Academic Writer Account

It is highly recommended that you create an account within Academic Writer. An account is required if you wish to:

  • Write, save, and collaborate on papers;
  • Add references to your papers and save them in your personal library; and
  • Access all areas of the Research and Writing centers.

Details on setting up an Academic Writer account can be found here.

Note:While it is possible to create an account using your Google credentials, it is not recommended. If you choose to use your Google account, please review the link above to get detailed instructions on how to log-in when off campus.

APA Style Citations and Formatting

´╗┐General guides

Journal Articles - where to find the DOI (Document Object Identifier)

  • in the article database record OR on the first page of the journal article
  • look it up on CrossRef, using search on article title
  • if you cannot find a DOI, provide the URL for the home page of the journal

Current APA Style Books in the Library:

Writing for Psychology

Online Resources

Writing Centre

Visit the Writing Centre, located on the Library's 1st floor, to get free help from peer tutors at any stage of the writing process. The drop-in schedule is online.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a very serious academic offence at Langara. If you have any doubts or questions about your written work and what constitutes plagiarism and what is acceptable, visit the Library's Avoiding Plagiarism site, or talk to your instructor.

Psychology Tutoring

Drop by the Learning Commons for free Psychology tutoring help. The tutoring schedule can be found online.

Example Citation

Sample Citations

In-Text Reference

**Page numbers are required in the in-text citation if you are using a direct quotation (LastName, Year, pg. #).

1 author

(LastName, Year)

Example: (Greene, 2010)

2 authors

(LastName & LastName, Year)

Example: (Scarlett & New, 2007)

3 or more authors
First in-text citation: (LastName, LastName, & LastName, Year).
Subsequent in-text citation: (LastName et al., Year). 
Example: First citation: (Thompson, Manore, & Sheeshka, 2010); Subsequent citation: (Thompson et al., 2010)

Reference List - Journal Article

General Format:

LastName, FirstInitial., LastName, FirstInitial., & LastName, FirstInitial. (Year). Title of the article with only the first word and proper nouns capitalized. Title of the Journal in ItalicsVolumeNumber(IssueNumber), page number range. doi:xxxxxxxxx


Torabian, S., Haddad, E., Rajaram, S., Banta, J., & Sabat, J. (2009). Acute effect of nut consumption on plasma total polyphenols, antioxidant capacity and lipid peroxidation. Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics, 22, 64-71. doi:10.1111/j.1365-277X.2008.00923.x

Reference List - Textbook

General Format:

LastNameFirstInitial., LastNameFirstInitial., & LastNameFirstInitial(Year). Title of book with only the first word and proper nouns capitalized: Subtitle of book with only the first word and proper nouns capitalized (edition number). Location: Publisher.


Myers, D.G. (2018). Psychology (12th ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers, Macmillan Learning.