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APA Style - Citing Sources: Writing Style

Writing Clearly and Concisely

Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed,), starting on p. 61 covers writing clearly and concisely. See this chapter for these topics:

  • Levels of Heading (section headings and subheadings)
  • Seriation (creating lists)
  • Reducing Bias 
  • Grammar and Usage

The Mechanics of Style

Chapter 4 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed,), starting on p. 87 covers the mechanics of style.  Refer to this chapter for these topics:

  • Punctuation (use of periods, commas, colons, semicolons, quotation marks, etc.)
  • Spelling (preferred spellings, hyphenation)
  • Capitalization
  • Italics
  • Abbreviations
  • Numbers
  • Statistical and Mathematical Copy