APA Style in a Nutshell NDSU Center for Writers Presentation Overview
APA What is it, and why do we care? Manuscript content, structure, and format Reference page In-text citation Language issues and style notes
Support resources What is a citation style? MLA vs. APA What is a citation style? MLA vs. APA vs. AAA vs. Chicago vs. ACS vs. AP vs. AMA vs. ASA vs. etc.
Why bother? What is a citation style? When Editors refer to style, they mean the rules or guidelines a publisher observes to ensure clear, consistent presentation in scholarly articles. Authors writing for a publication must follow the style rules established by the publisher to avoid inconsistencies among journal articles or book chapters. For example, without rules of style, three
different manuscripts might use sub-test, subtest, and Subtest in one issue of a journal or in one book. Although the meaning of the word is the same and the choice of one style over the other may seem arbitrary (in this case, subtest is APA Style), such variations in style may distract or confuse the reader (Publication Manual, 2010, p. 87, emphasis mine). What is APA style? Guidelines published by the American
Psychological Society for manuscript preparation Used by journals in social and behavioral sciences, education, and other fields Hierarchy of Authority Journal Instructor
APA Manual Resources for APA Style Official text: American Psychological Association (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2nd printing).
Washington, DC: Author. Note Style manuals are very complex Do not rely on your memory--ALWAYS refer to a manual for examples Pay attention to unique aspects source type
capitalization & punctuation author vs. editor edition/volume/issue/DOI Elements of APA Style Format (title page, running head, abstract, sections, subheadings, font, margins, tables, figures, etc.)
In-text citations Reference page Manuscript Content & Structure Title Page Abstract Main Body References
Manuscript Content & Structure Running Head 10-12 point Times New Roman Font 1 Margins http://supp.apa.org/style/PM6E-Corrected-Sample-Papers.pdf Manuscript Content & Structure
Empirical Study Introduction Method Results Discussion Literature Review Define the problem
Summarize previous work Relate the literature Suggest the next step Manuscript Heading Format Section Heading Section Subheading
Subsection of the section subheading. Sub-subsection of the section subheading. Lowest form of heading. APA Manual p. 62 http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/16/ http://supp.apa.org/style/PM6E-Corrected-Sample-Papers.pdf Manuscript Format Minutiae
Spacing One space after commas, colons, semicolons One space after periods on reference page (including name initials) Two spaces after end punctuation in sentences See exceptions on p. 88 Reference List
Provide enough information to identify and retrieve each source. Exception: do not include personal communications on the list, but cite them in the text: T. K. Lutes (personal communication, April 18, 2001) claims that . . .
Reference List Arrange entries alphabetically by the first authors last name Use a hanging indent Double-space (entire document) Use initials for all first names. Reference List
Reverse the order of all authors names, and provide the year in parentheses: Smith, J. M., Jones, T., & Rogers, L. S. (2010) http://supp.apa.org/style/PM6E-Corrected-Sample-Papers.pdf Basic Reference Template Author. (Year). Title. Publication Information.
Reference List NOTE: Title format varies according to the genre. Reference List Booksprint and online:
use italics, capitalize only the first word, the first word after a colon, and proper nouns: Shostak, S. (2002). Becoming immortal: Combining cloning and stem-cell therapy. Albany: State University of New York Press. Reference List Articles:
do not italicize and capitalize only the first word, the first word after a colon, and proper nouns: Johnson, B.A. (2000). Truth or consequences: Parenting children who lie. Modern Family, 126(3), 910-924. Reference List Journals and periodicals: use italics and capitalize all important words:
Gilbert, D. G., McClernon, J. F., Rabinovich, N. E., Sugai, C., Plath, L. C., Asgaard, G., . . . Botros, N. (2004). Effects of quitting smoking on EEG activation and attention last for more than 32 days. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 6, 249267. doi:10.1080/14622200410001676305 Reference List Reminder
always check the APA guidelines. Reference Examples Book Reference Examples Book
Tapscott, D. Reference Examples Book Tapscott, D. (1988). Reference Examples Book
Tapscott, D. (1988). Growing up digital. Reference Examples Book Tapscott, D. (1988). Growing up digital. New York: McGraw-Hill. Reference Examples
Journal article [note the volume/issue italics format] Johnson, B.A. (2000). Truth or consequences: Parenting children who lie. Modern Family, 126(3), 910-924. Reference Examples Edited book Gibbs, J.T., & Huang, L.N. (Eds.). (1991). Children of color:
Psychological intervention with minority youth. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Reference Examples Subsequent edition of a reference book Heuristic. (n.d.). In Merriam-Websters online dictionary (11th ed.). Retrieved from http://www.m-w.com/dictionary /heuristic
Reference Examples Chapter in edited book Krantz, D. (2000). The ethics of business. In D. L. Smith (Ed.), Ethics in Modern America (pp. 94-120). New York: SmithJohnson Press. Reference Examples NOTE: Retrieval dates are no longer required unless the source material may change over
time (e.g. Wikis). . . . Retrieved October 5, 2000, from http://www Reference Examples Electronic journal article with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Whitmeyer, J. M. (2000). Power through appointment. Social Science Research, 29(4), 535-555.
doi:10.1006/ssre .2000.0680 Reference Examples Journal article without DOI [NOTE: omit period after URL or DOI and do not include retrieval date] Fredrickson, B. L. (2000, March 7). Cultivating positive emotions to optimize health and well-being. Prevention &
Treatment, 3, Article 0001a. Retrieved from http://journals .apa.org/prevention/volume3/pre0030001a.html Reference Examples Electronic version of print book [NOTE: Use DOI instead of URL, if possible] Shotton, M. A. (1989). Computer addiction? A study of computer dependency [DX Reader version]. Retrieved from http://www.ebookstore.tandf.co.uk /html/index.asp
Reference Examples In general, do not include database name (e.g. PsycINFO) with the URL. One exception is for abstracts of limited circulation: Hare, L. R., & ONeill, K. (2000). Effectiveness and efficiency in small academic peer groups. Small Group Research, 31, 24-53. Abstract retrieved from Sociological Abstracts
database. (Accession No. 200010185) Reference Examples To cite a website, use the URL. Many websites do not specify author, so use the name of the website. When citing an online reference, like a dictionary, start with the word.
Coyote. (2012). In Merriam-Webster's online dictionary (11th ed.). Retrieved from http://www.merriamwebster.com /dictionary/coyote Reference Examples When citing websites, I highly recommend you consult the Purdue OWL or Valencia College:
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/ http://valenciacollege.edu/library/mla-apa-chicago-guide s/ Reference Examples YouTube: Apsolon, M. [markapsolon]. (2011, September 9). Real ghost girl caught on Video Tape 14 [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube .com
/watch?v=6nyGCbxD848 Bellofolletti. (2009, April 8). Ghost caught on surveillance camera [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq1ms2JhYBI&feature =related Netflix: Angier, J. (Producer). (2011). Saving the ocean: Shark reef & the sacred island [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.netflix.com
In-Text Citations Requirements author of the source date of publication page numbers required for direct quotations and encouraged for paraphrases In-Text Citations
Walker (2000) compared reaction times. A recent study found reaction times vary (Walker, 2000). In 2000, Walker compared reaction times. In-Text Citations If page numbers are not available, including other information for easy access is
encouraged for online or long documents (e.g. sections, paragraph numbers) (Discussion section, para. 1) Direct Quotations Lopez (1993) found that the effect disappeared within minutes (p. 311). The author stated, The effect disappeared
within minutes (Lopez, 1993, p. 311), but she did not say which effect. Block Quotations Indent/block quotations of 40 or more words. Indent from the margin (5 spaces) and double-space. If there are additional paragraphs within the
block, indent an additional . http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02/ Authors 1 Author In-Text Barta (2012) contends that a Global English Language Academy would be antithetical to the fluid and organic
nature of language evolution. Reference Barta, K. (2012). Why those who try to control language will always fail. Fictional Journal That Would Actually Publish My Work, 9(12), 13-28. 2 Authors
In-Text According to Barta and Nash (1950), the best result will come from everybody in the group doing what's best for herselfand the group (p. 1). Reference Barta, K., & Nash, J. F. (1950). Adam Smith needs revision. Journal of My Fake Collaborations with Geniuses, 4(19),
1- 150. In-Text 3-5 Authors The work of Lennon, McCartney, Starkey, and Harrison (1969) suggested that individuals with disparate
personalities can work together effectively. Lennon et al. (1969) established a precedent for subsequent research. Reference Lennon, J., McCartney, P., Starkey, R., & Harrison, G. (1969). Can't we all just get along? If Pop Icons Wrote Scholarly Articles, 32(107), 45-48.
6-7 Authors In-Text Dopey et al. (1937) posited that seven heads are better than one. Reference Dopey, D., Grumpy, D., Doc, D., Happy, D., Bashful, D.,
Sneezy, D., & Sleepy, D. (1937). The more the merrier. Journal of Disney Scholars, 13, 21-22. 8+ Authors In-Text A groundbreaking study by Barta et al. (2013) presented a convincing argument that further study in linguistics will no longer be necessary.
Reference Barta, K., Labov, W., Wolfram, W., Chomsky, N., Crystal, D., Lakoff, R., . . . Harnad, S. (2013). How it all went down: An all-encompassing explanation of language's present f orms. In My Dreams, 1(1), 1-100. 0 Authors
In-Text The article, The New Health-Care Lexicon, (1992) discusses . . . Experts claim . . . (The New Health-Care Lexicon, 1992). Reference The new health-care lexicon. (1992). Anonymous Weekly Magazine, 4(20), 7-11.
Language Issues What empirical studies (and their investigators) can do: What empirical studies (and their investigators)
cannot do: Language Issues What empirical studies (and their investigators) can do: find investigate suggest
demonstrate illustrate hypothesize support indicate What empirical studies (and their investigators)
cannot do: feel think believe state write say confirm
prove Language Issues Nunca, nunca, nunca do results conclude. (Never, never, never) Language Issues
Passive verbs are sometimes acceptable, but active verbs are preferred: The experiment was designed by Smith to... = Smith designed the experiment to Language Issues Don't use contractions. (;-)
The use of I and we is becoming more common, so ask your instructor or consult the journal guidelines. Language Issues Data (plural) Data (collective)
These data show that... This data shows... This datum provides further evidence...
This piece of data provides further evidence... Language Issues Affect Effect
Language Issues Affect (verb) The debate may affect my decision. Effect (noun) The debate had an effect on my decision.
Language Issues Affect (verb) The debate may affect my decision. Affect (noun) The candidate's affect
showed that he was dismayed. Effect (noun) The debate had an effect on my decision. Effect (verb) The candidate promised
that her law would effect change in the country. Additional Style Notes Use qualifiers to allow for exceptions to your claims (may, might, possible): One possible explanation is One explanation might be
One interpretation may be The data suggest The results appear Additional Style Notes Use transitions: Notably, In contrast,
Similarly, First, Second, Third, (avoid using firstly, secondly, thirdly) Additional Style Notes Do not use this study, this present study or the current study to refer to someone elses workuse them to refer to your own
study. Use past tense for results. Use present tense for conclusions. Additional Style Notes Find primary sources when possible. If unable to locate the primary source: In-text
Skinner (2000) found no evidence of emotion in rats (as cited in Smith & Jones, 2006). Reference Smith, J., & Jones, B. (2006). Title. etc. Additional Style Notes Break URL [and I assume doi] before most
punctuation (exception is http:// ); do not add a hyphen. OKeefe, E. (n.d.). Egoism & the crisis in Western values. Retrieved from http://www.onlineoriginals.com /showitem.asp?itemID=135 Additional Style Notes Generally, direct quotations should be used sparingly (or not
at all) in APA papers (varies with discipline). Studies are summarized and results are paraphrased, except when the author's original words are unique and difficult to put into different words. Always Give Credit Document ALL sources accurately and completely
Include in-text citations Create a reference page Support Resources Center for Writers Location: Room No. 6, Main Library Telephone: (701) 231-7927 Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters/ Online Resources The APA homepage at http://www.apa.org/ has a Quick Link to Quick Answers. Sample paper: http://supp.apa.org/style/PM6E-Corrected-Sample-Papers.p
df Basic APA Style online tutorial: http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/index.htm CFW website links to online handbooks and this presentation: http ://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters/documenting_sources/ Purdue OWL: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
Online Resources The Center for Writers website includes a handy guide called APA Style in a Nutshell http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters/documenting_sources/ Documenting Sources American Psychological Association (APA) for Social Sciences. APA Style in a Nutshell
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