The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association may seem intimidating if you think you have to know all of it and apply all its intricacies to your academic writing assignments. Fortunately, there are a few sections in the APA Manual (6th Edition) that cover the vast majority of the topics you will need to use frequently. We recommend keeping bookmarks on the following pages that contain most frequently used information.
Page 63: This is the junction of section 3.03 (levels of headings) and 3.04 (seriation). Both of these sections have an abundance of details you may find easier to quickly check than to try to remember. Section 3.03 shows how to format each level of heading in regard to alignment, capitalization, boldfacing, and use of italics. Every paper should have some headings, and longer papers will have many levels of headings, so consult this section frequently.
You may consult section 3.04 less frequently, but the details there concerning the formats of items in a series (paragraphs, sentences, items within a sentence) are even harder to remember. This bookmark will allow you to check the formatting quickly and see the options.
Page 177: This page has Table 6.1 Basic Citation Style. The style of citations (both in text citations and parenthetical citations) is mainly dependent on the number of authors. Rather than try to remember where the commas go and when to use “et al.”, keep a bookmark at this page.
Page 202: This is the junction of section 7.01 (References page formats of all periodical sources) and section 7.02 (References page formats of all book sources). The sections after that present the formats for technical/corporate reports, dissertations and theses, audiovisual media sources, etc. However, most of your sources will be journal articles and books.
Once you get used to formatting those sources, looking up the other types in Chapter 7 of the APA Manual will be easier. The other type of source you will use frequently is a website. The most useful and user-friendly resource for formatting website citations and entries on your References pages is a Long Island University website that you can access using this link: http://liu.cwp.libguides.com/citapa/websites
Read the “Parenthetical References” section to see how to complete the citations. The tab on this website for “Streaming Videos” is also very helpful, especially as those sources become better and more acceptable for academic writing.
There is a wealth of knowledge in the APA Manual in regard to grammar, writing style, writing mechanics, and displaying results (formatting tables and figures). Writing studio consultants can direct you to those areas through writing consultations.
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