What even is APA style?
"APA" stands for "American Psychological Association." According to the American Psychological Association, "when teachers ask you to write in APA Style, they are referring to the editorial style that many of the social and behavioral sciences have adopted to present written material in the field. APA Style was first developed in 1929....Since that time, it has been adopted by leaders in many fields and has been used by writers around the world."
For more information about APA Style, how it came to be, and what its rules are, visit the APA Style website.
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APA has a new edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
This site has some useful tools and references for using the 7th edition.
APA In-Text Citations APA References
APA Formatting Guide APA Headings (setting up the paper)
APA Activity (tutorial) APA Side By Side (compares reference, in-text citation,
and in-text citation with author set-up)
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Citing your sources is an important step in the research and writing process. Choose one of the following to get started:
Documentation style depends on your area of study. For instance, the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style is often used in the social sciences, whereas the Modern Language Association (MLA) style is used in the humanities. Check with your professor to be sure you are using the right style for your papers.
Here's a short overview of citations: