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The APA Manual: Your Best APA Resource

You can find  the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association--usually called thAPA Manual--in the Reference Collection on the first floor of Brennan Library. The call number is  R 808.066 Am3 2010. There is also a copy on Reserve in Brennan. Ask for it at the Circulation Desk.

Consider purchasing your own copy. It will always be available, and you can mark the answers to questions that come up frequently. Whether you use the APA Manual in a library or buy your own, new or used, make sure you have the sixth edition (2010).  This edition includes significant changes from earlier versions of the manual. 

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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - American Psychological Association Staff
Call Number: R 808.066 Am3 2010
ISBN: 9781433805615
Publication Date: 2009-07-15


What Is APA style? Why Use It?

APA Style is a standardized format for writing that has been established by the American Psychological Association. It is generally used by students and scholars working within disciplines in the Social Sciences.

APA Style includes:

  1. the format & structure of your paper.
  2. how you cite other authors within the body of your paper.
  3. how you compile a references page at the end of your paper.

Five Top Reasons to Use APA Style:

  1.  APA style is required for many classes.
  2.  APA style helps you credit sources and distinguish your own ideas from others'.
  3.  APA Style helps you avoid accidental plagiarism.
  4.  APA Style communicates important information about your sources.
  5.  APA Style ooks professional and credible.


Ask A Reference Librarian

Email a Reference Librarian at

Call the Brennan Library Reference Desk at 617-243-2241.

Email the author of this guide: Pam Matz, Reference Librarian and Liaison to the Graduate School,


Bookmark These Sites

 Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): APA Style

Purdue University's OWL gives clear brief examples for almost every APA style question. Try it out!

Frequently Asked Questions about APA Style

A good place to find quick answers to questions such as: How do I format an entry for a book review in my Reference List? How do I cite a webpage that has no author? Not as complete as Purdue, but very easy to use.

APA Style Guide to Electronic References 

A supplement to the APA Manual, available in PDF form online for personal use only.  Provides detailed information for citing electronic resources, with examples and detailed explanations. 

APA Style Blog

When you can't find the answer any place else, check the APA Style Blog. This blog is written by a group of experts, and they publish weekly posts on writing and publishing using APA style. You can search the blog, explore posts by category, and view the most recent posts and comments. 


Online Tutorials

Basics of APA Style Tutorial.
The best place to begin.  Produced by the American Psychological Association. 

Purdue OWL APA PowerPoint Tutorial 
Useful examples. Relevant material begins on slide 8. 

APA Exposed (more detailed tutorial)
When you need to understand even more, try this tutorial with useful self-assessments.

APA Style Citations (printable Lasell guide in PDF form)

APA Style Citations for Electronic Media (printable Lasell guide in PDF form) 

APA Sample References Page and Title Page (printable Lasell guide in PDF form)

And try testing your skills in APA online quizzes, such as

Ashford University APA 6th Edition Writing Quiz

Northern Illinois University APA Style Quiz



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