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APA Style

Information on the American Psychological Association style

Help with APA Citation

Short Video on APA Citation

APA Citation Guides in the Library

How Do I Cite the Library's Databases?

Some citation guides ask you to provide a URL for certain resources . The URL for each of the library's databases can be found on our Alphabetical list of databases page.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

Since 2000 there has been an effort to assign everything that exists in the digital world such as online articles with a unique number called a Digital Object Identifier or a DOI.  The DOI is unique, permanent, and persistent. It remains the same despite changes in URL's or permanent removal from the Internet.

In APA and AMA styles, use the DOI in citations whenever possible. If no DOI is present, try the free DOI lookup from CrossRef. For more information, watch the short video, Citing an article with a DOI and without a DOI (University of Maryland University College). If you have questions, Webster students, faculty and staff should contact the Webster U. Library Reference Department (info in the Help box).

Citation Generators

These websites will assist you in building citations for your bibliographies. Always check your citations against a style manual to make sure they are correct.

Mendeley Citation Manager

Mendeley is a reference/citation manager with web-based, desktop, and mobile versions. You can sync your library across different devices. Any Webster University user who creates a free Mendeley account using your Webster email address gets:

  • 100 GB of personal library space
  • 100 GB of shared library space
  • Create unlimited number of groups with up to 100 members each

Visit the Writing Center

The Writing Center takes appointments both in person and online and writing coaches will:

  • Read your paper.
  • Ask questions about the assignment and your paper.
  • Comment on global issues (focus, development, organization, logic, clarity).
  • Help you determine where you might tighten and polish your prose.
  • Discuss documentation and citation conventions.
  • Point out patterns of mechanical and grammatical problems and provide suggestions.