Excelsior’s Librarians Answer Your Questions

The Excelsior College Library is your one-stop shop to help you with all your research needs. Students, faculty, and staff have access to thousands of electronic books and other online resources, library tutorials, research and course guides, and course and exam guides. To help students with presenting their research, the Excelsior librarians recently facilitated a webinar entitled, “Your Top 5 APA Questions Answered.” The recording has been posted on the library’s website and you can watch it anytime (log-in required).

Here’s a quick summary of the questions and answers covered in the webinar:

  • How do I cite something in-text?

In-text citations have three essential elements: author’s or authors’ last name(s), publication year, and page number. In-text citations are usually found in parenthesis at the end of a quote or paraphrase. For more information about citing sources in-text, check out the Excelsior OWL’s module: APA In-Text Citations.

  • I used the “cite button.” Why did my instructor mark my citations wrong?

The “cite button,” which is available in most of the library’s databases, provides automatically generated citations for sources. These buttons usually come with warnings about checking the citations for accuracy. The librarians recommend using the resources on the APA Style Page (log-in required) to double-check all citations before handing in your assignment.

  • How do I show where I retrieved a source if there is no doi?

While a digital object identifier or doi is preferred for the “retrieved from” section of a reference list citation, not all articles have them. For an article that does not have a doi, use the web address/URL for the journal’s homepage instead. (This is not the permalink to the article in the library’s databases.) To find the web address/URL for a journal’s homepage, the librarian’s recommend Googling the name of the journal where the article appears. For full instructions, refer to this Library FAQ : How do I show where I retrieved a source in APA style if there is no doi?

  • How do I add hanging indents?

If a reference citation is longer than one line, indenting the second and subsequent lines of the citation helps the reader differentiate between multiple citations. This is called a “hanging indent.” Hanging indents are required for a reference(s) page. For full instructions, the librarians recommend the following FAQ : How do I create a hanging indent in Word or Google Docs?

  • How do I add a running header and page numbers?

A running header and page number is required for the title page of your finished APA style paper, but the second and subsequent pages will look a little different. How is this accomplished? While there are many steps required to add a running header and page numbers to your paper, you’ll be a pro after doing it a few times! Check out this FAQ from the library for complete instructions: How do I add a running header and page numbers to my paper?

Remember, if you have questions, you can always ask a librarian! The librarians are available to answer all enrolled students’ questions Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET. at 410-417-7351. You can also email us any time at library@excelsior.edu. We’re looking forward to answering your questions, so what are you waiting for? Give us a call or send an email!