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Please note: this guide covers the 6th edition of APA. For the most recent 7th edition, see our new guide: APA Style 7th edition.
Since the APA Manual was last published in 2010 the APA has provided more information about how to cite particular sources, especially online sources. The APA maintains a searchable blog that addresses questions that are not in the 2010 book. It is located at http://blog.apastyle.org/
Keep in mind that this is a searchable blog!
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides a comprehensive online guide to using APA.
This book is an essential purchase. Your Smarthinking writing tutor or the Regis librarian will refer to various pages within this book when answering questions.
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
APA Style® originated in 1929, when a group of psychologists, anthropologists, and business managers convened and sought to establish a simple set of procedures, or style rules, that would codify the many components of scientific writing to increase the ease of reading comprehension.
As with other editorial styles, APA Style consists of rules or guidelines that a publisher observes to ensure clear and consistent presentation of written material. It concerns uniform use of such elements as
APA Style rules and guidelines are found in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
Learning how to cite properly is important. Good citations help the reader locate the sources you used. Giving proper credit for your sources is necessary in order to prevent plagiarism.
This guide provides basic APA information and points you to more in-depth information on other websites. APA format is complex and takes time to learn. You can figure it out with the assistance of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) and various online guides. Librarians are also available to help. Keep in mind that your professor has the final say on format, so always check with your professor as well.