APA

Definition

4133356035_45b2b66cd2American Psychological Association: APA style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. It provides invaluable guidance on all aspects of the writing process, from the ethics of authorship to the word choice that best reduces bias in language. Well-known for its authoritative and easy-to-use reference and citation system, the Publication Manual also offers guidance on choosing the headings, tables, figures, and tone that will result in strong, simple, and elegant scientific communication.

In Simple Terms: 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

  • selection of headings, tone, and length;
  • punctuation and abbreviations;
  • presentation of numbers and statistics;
  • construction of tables and figures,
  • citation of references; and
  • many other elements that are a part of a manuscript.


quicksheet-apa-6th-ed-the-basic-mechanics-1-728The Latest Edition of APA 

Latest Edition, (6th ed., 2nd printing).

Contents of the Manual

Table of Contents (PDF, 486KB)
Preview the complete Table of Contents in the Sixth Edition
 
Introduction (PDF, 455KB)
Includes some history of the manual, an overview of revisions for the sixth edition, and details how to use the manual.

Interactive Resources

Sample Papers


Source: Association, A.P. (2016) What is APA style?. Available at: http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/what-is-apa-style.aspx (Accessed: 22 July 2016).

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