Citation Style

The JIBC uses APA (American Psychological Association) Style for writing research papers, manuals and articles. APA Style provides rules and guidelines for:

  • Formatting (margins, indenting, punctuation, etc.)
  • In-text citations (references included in the body of the paper)
  • Reference lists (Bibliography)


Citations are used to acknowledge the use of others’ ideas. Failure to properly cite sources is plagiarism.

The JIBC Library APA Subject Guide provides examples and a short PDF Guide:

JIBC faculty and students have access to RefWorks – a citation management tool that organizes references and helps produce an APA-style reference list:


The Writing Centre at the JIBC also provides a wealth of information on APA formatting


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