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Citing & writing: Criminology information resources


The Library's Student Learning Commons provides a wide range of workshops, consultations, and self-guided research strategy tips for undergraduates.

For Graduate Student workshops and services, check out the Library's Graduate Research Commons.

Style guides and citing

Note: APA is releasing the 7th edition of the APA Style Guide in late 2019. The is the first new edition in 10 years. 

The  (6th) of APA requires a DOI (when available) when citing electronic versions of articles. Use to search for DOIs in one place.

Need to cite Twitter, Facebook, or some other non-traditional format? Search the official APA Style Blog for tricky citation questions. It covers many citation problems not addressed in the print manual.

6th edition blog highlights:

Legal citation

The APA guide recommends you use the legal style manual of your country to cite its respective legal source. The Canadian style guide for legal citation is the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation [print], also known as McGill style. The latest edition is the 2018 (9th) edition.

Please confirm with your instructor on his or her citation style preferences, as the use of APA and McGill styles will be instructor-specific in the Criminology department. 

Citation management

Use Citation management software to store your references online, and create properly formatted bibliographies with in-text citations or footnotes. 


Copyright at SFU: FAQs for all students

Copyright infographic: Decision tree

Library research tutorials

View the Library's self-directed tutorials and guides. Popular ones include Start Your Research Here, What is a Scholarly Journal?, and What is Plagiarism?


How to read a paper by S. Keshav

How to read a book by Paul N. Edwards


The Student Learning Commons provides assistance and numerous, helpful writing handouts.

Finding Topics with an Issue for Effective Persuasive Writing -- Great video co-authored by an SFU Librarian on persuasive writing.


The unacknowledged use of other people's ideas or work, whether intentional or unintentional, is a serious academic offense. Plagiarism can be avoided through careful work habits. Learn more through the SFU Library's plagiarism guide and take our interactive tutorial Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism to test your knowledge.