The APA Manual: Your Best APA Resource
You can find the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association--usually called the APA 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.
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:
- the format & structure of your paper.
- how you cite other authors within the body of your paper.
- how you compile a references page at the end of your paper.
Five Top Reasons to Use APA Style:
- APA style is required for many classes.
- APA style helps you credit sources and distinguish your own ideas from others'.
- APA Style helps you avoid accidental plagiarism.
- APA Style communicates important information about your sources.
- APA Style ooks professional and credible.
Bookmark These Sites
Purdue University's OWL gives clear brief examples for almost every APA style question. Try it out!
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.
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.
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.
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