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An Antidote for APA Apprehension   Tags: apa, citation, how to, style, writing  

APA: These three letters can strike fear into the hearts of research writers. This resource will help with the basics of APA citation. Armed with this knowledge, you'll have fear no more!
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Essential APA Links

  • Post University's Writing Center
    Get one-on-one APA assistance from a professional!
  • APA Quick-Reference Sheet
    Here's a resource available at the Post University Traurig Library. Simply look-up the type of source you have (e.g. a book, an article from a database, a website, etc.) and the sheet breaks down the formula for citation...including examples!
  • APA Quick Reference and Questions
    Seek answers from the source! Here, the APA answers several questions about citations and style.
  • Purdue's Online Writing Lab
    For years, Purdue University's OWL site has been a go-to link for researchers using APA.
 

APA Must-Knows

In-Text Citation Format: 
(Author, Year, Page Number)

Example from Purdue OWL
APA style is a difficult citation format for first-time learners (Jones, 1998, p. 199).


Reference Page Citation Format for Books:
Author, A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.

Example from Purdue OWL
Calfee, R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Reference Page Citation Format for Articles:
Author, A., Author, B., & Author, C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.

Example from Purdue OWL:
Harlow, H. (1983). Fundamentals for preparing psychology journal articles. Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 55, 893-896.


Remember:
An APA paper
 needs... 
 
  - COVER PAGE 
  - RUNNING HEAD
  - PAGE NUMBERS 
  - TITLE 
  - IN-TEXT CITATIONS
  - REFERENCES PAGE

...and all with...

  - 1-INCH MARGINS
  - DOUBLE-SPACED
  - TIMES NEW ROMAN FONT.   


 

A 5-Minute APA Overview with David Peak

 

Traurig Library Online Resources

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The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism - Colin Neville
ISBN: 9780335241033
Publication Date: 2010
This e-book is available to view, print, and/or download from the Traurig Library Ebscohost Academic e-Book Collection.

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The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism - Colin Neville
ISBN: 9780335241033
Publication Date: 2010-02-01
This e-book is available to view, print, and/or download from the Traurig Library Ebscohost e-Book Collection.

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The Handbook of Academic Writing - Rowena Murray; Sarah Moore
ISBN: 9780335219339
Publication Date: 2006
This e-book is available to view, print, and/or download from the Traurig Library Ebscohost e-Book Collection.

 

Traurig Library On-Campus Resources

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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - American Psychological Association Staff
Call Number: REF BF76.7.P83 2010 READY REFERENCE
ISBN: 9781433805615
Publication Date: 2010
In addition to providing clear guidance on grammar, the mechanics of writing, and APA style, the APA Publication Manual offers an authoritative and easy-to-use reference and citation system and comprehensive coverage of the treatment of numbers, metrication, statistical and mathematical data, tables, and figures for use in writing, reports, or presentations.

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Concise Rules of APA Style - American Psychological Association Staff
Call Number: REF BF76.7.C66 2010 READY REFERENCE
ISBN: 9781433805608
Publication Date: 2010
This title provides information on the following: Concise and bias-free writing; punctuation, spelling, and capitalization; italicizing and abbreviating; numbers, metrication, and statistics; displaying results; footnotes, appendices, and supplemental material; crediting sources; reference examples; and references to legal materials.

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Mastering APA Style - American Psychological Association Staff
Call Number: REF BF76.8.G452 2010 READY REFERENCE
ISBN: 9781433805578
Publication Date: 2010
A student's workbook and training guide for mastering the APA style.

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A Writer's Reference with 2009 MLA Update - Diana Hacker
Call Number: REF PE1408.H235 2009
ISBN: 9780312593322
Publication Date: 2009
This title provides information on the following: Composing and revising, academic writing, sentence style, word choice, grammatical sentences, ESL challenges, punctuation, mechanics, researching, and a basic grammar table and index.

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