Commonly Used APA Rules - Keiser University
For Keiser University's Coronavirus Updates, Click Here
Keiser University Seal

Commonly Used APA Rules

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:

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.

Mrs. Percy and Mr. Williams believed in me. They were more than instructors, they tried to get to know you as a person and tried to understand your goals so they could push you towards them. And Mrs. Crawford from student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. She was dedicated to my overall success.

Jessica Kircher

Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.

Belinda Haney

The two instructors that have impacted my life are Mr. Williams and Mrs. Percy. Both of them believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. I appreciate their motivation to get me to where I am today.

Justin Pugh

Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.

Ryan Bushey

If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.

Anthony Sassano

The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.

Ty Fitzgerald

The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.

Jackson Tejada

Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…

Dale Caverly

Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!

Meisha Ebanks, R.N.

I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.

Nidia Barrios

I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.

Carlos Ramirez Flores

Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose.  The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.

Connie Sue Centrella

It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University.  Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors.  The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.

Annelise Merriner, PA-C

Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made.  The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly.  The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.

Dedrick Saxon

I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you.  I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.

Natalie Dou

After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education.  Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.

Laurie Williams

Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.

Nadege Dor

My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.

Marla Hadley

The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.

Vivian R. Howard, BA in Business Administration Graduate

I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.

Gustavo Gonzalez, Nuclear Medicine Technology Graduate