EDUC 253A: Research in Writing

APA Style

APA Style
APA Style is the most commonly used citation style in the social sciences.  It is the standard for both education and psychology.  The APA Publication Manual is published by the American Psychological Association.  The 6th edition is the most recent version and can be found at the EDP Library, either in the reference collection or on reserve.  It’s on one day reserve (BF 76.7 P83 2010).  No online edition has yet been published.  If you use citation management software, such as RefWorks or EndNote, it’s best to double-check formatting in the Manual, since citation software is not always entirely accurate. 

The Manual is the complete guide to protocols for formatting books, articles, and research papers.  Specifically, it provides examples for in-text citations, endnotes, footnotes, and bibliographies.  Methods for citing both print publications and electronic resources are included. 

For example, the basic format for citing a book is:  Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.

For citing a journal article: Author, A., Author, B., & Author, C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.

For citing a footnote:  1 See Clarke (1998), especially chapters four and five, for an insightful analysis of this extraordinary species.

For an overview of citing with APA Style, see APA's online FAQ.  Many examples of citations to various sources are provided.

See also the following helpful writing and citation guides and online tutorials.

APA Documentation. University of Wisconsin, Madison.
APA Exposed. Harvard's APA style online tutorial.
Guide to Citation Manuals. University of Iowa, School of Journalism.
OWL. Purdue University's Online Writing Lab.

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