Formatting citations in a style like APA is a standardized means of giving credit to the person or company who created the content you use. If you've written an academic paper, or even a case study, you've probably been asked to cite your sources.
The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example:
- MLA style (Modern Language Association) is typically used by the Humanities
- APA style (American Psychological Association) is commonly used by Education, Psychology, and Business
- Chicago (University of Chicago) is generally used by History and some of the Fine Arts
Since APA is the preferred citation style for Business resources, it's important to get familiar using and applying the style. While the APA and related websites provide instructions for citing standard publication types, some business resources have unique elements that require minor adaptations.