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Criminal Justice: Citation Help

How To Cite Your Sources

You will most likely be using APA (American Psychological Association) Style. Use the examples below as a helpful guide.

Also, please note you will be expected to format your citation properly (ie. use a "hanging indent"). There is a quick video which shows you how to do very easily do this.

How to cite:

Video: How To Create A Hanging Indent (MS Word 2013)



How to cite an article from a library database (such as Academic Search Complete or Criminal Justice Abstracts)

The easiest way to do this is to let the database do it for you. Seriously! :-) Here's how:

Once you've accessed the full article, click the circled icon. (It will say "Cite"). 

A box will pop up that has an alphabetized list of all citation styles, complete with the full, ready-made citation; scroll down a bit and you'll see APA. Feel free to copy and paste that into your source list. 

And no worries, this is not cheating. By using the database's citation generator tool, you are not violating academic integrity. These tools were meant to be used in this way, and your instructors understand this. 

However, you may have used a database that does not have a citation generator tool. If this is the case, you can follow this example:

Format
Author, A. (Year). Title of article. Title of Publication, Vol.#(Issue #), page range. 

Example
Rataj, T. (2014). Video gets personal with body-worn cameras. Blue Line Magazine26(8), 38-39.

How to cite a web page/site 

  • Web Page or Site
    "
    List as much of the following information as possible (you sometimes have to hunt around to find the information; don't be lazy. If there is a page like http://www.somesite.com/somepage.htm, and somepage.htm doesn't have the information you're looking for, move up the URL to http://www.somesite.com/)" - OWL at Purdue

    Format
    Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year, Month Day)Title of document. Retrieved from http://Web address

    Example
    Barak, A., & Sutherland, A. (2014, December 23). First scientific report shows police body-worn-cameras can
            prevent unacceptable use-of-force. Retrieved from http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/first-scientific-
            report-shows-police-body-worn-cameras-can-prevent-unacceptable-use-of-force
       

  • Data Report from a website (ie. tables, charts, statistics)
    Format
    Name of Agency/Organization. (Year). Title of document [Data file]. Retrieved from
             http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/

    Example
    Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2012). Crime in the United States [Data file]. Retrieved from
            https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/crime-in-the-u.s.-2012   

     
  • Online Newspaper Article
    Format
    Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of article. Title of Newspaper. Retrieved from 
             http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/


    Example
    Melendez, G. (2016, June 23). State officials to distribute money for police body cameras. The State. 
            
    Retrieved from http://www.thestate.com/latest-news/article85575622.html      

     
  • Blog
    Format
    A.A. Lastname. (Year, Month Day). Title of document [Web log comment]. Retrieved from 
             http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/


    Example
    J.D. Williamson. (2016, July 11). What to do if you get pulled over by a cop and you’re legally armed [Web log 
            comment]
    . Retrieved from https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/what-do-if-you-get-pulled-over-cop-and-
            youre-legally-armed