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RES 5000 & 6000 - Research Methods - Jackson

APA Citation Help

APA Style Guides

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
ASU Ref Desk   BF76.7 .P83 2010
For updates on APA 6th, please see

APA Style Guide to Electronic References
ASU Ref Desk   PN171.F56 A63 2007

Staying Organized

When you are involved in a lengthy research project you will want to stay organized. 

Useful strategies can include:

  • Starting with a concept map to visually explore topic.
  • Using a research strategy worksheet to explore terms and strategies.
  • Keeping track of what you have searched and in what databases/resources:
    • Create a research log -- use Word or similar. 
      • It is useful to note:  database/search engine used, terms searched, etc.
      • Sample:   Library Research Log      (Template developed by Ms. Glenn Ellen Starr-Stilling)
  • Using Zotero or similar citation management software to capture citations, pdfs, create bibliographies and more.
  • Creating a source matrix which allows you to summarize key facts and then review them in summary form.