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APA Style Sheet

WHAT IS APA STYLE?

APA (American Psychological Association) Style is a system of documentation that is used for both scholarly manuscripts and research papers. The style sheet (as it is often called) will provide you with specific instructions on all matters of documenting information retrieved from books, magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and electronic resources. This information will appear in your References, which is a list of the works cited in your paper. You must follow specific instructions when citing information from a book, a periodical (meaning a magazine, newspaper, or academic journal), a Web site, or an online database. Below are some examples.

 

Examples of Citations from Books and Periodicals

Books:

By one author, translation:

Freud,S. (1952) . On dreams (J.Strachey, Trans.). New York: W.W. Norton & Company. (Original work published in 1901)

In-text citation: (Freud, 1901/1952)

By more than one author:

Frieberg, H.J., & Rogers, C. (1994). Freedom to learn (3rd ed.). New York: Merrill.

In-text citation: (Rogers & Frieberg, 1994)

Article from magazine:

Kanchier, C. (2000, March/April). Dare to change. Psychology Today, 33. 64-67.

In-text citation: (Kanchier, 2000)

Article from an academic journal:

Duncan, R.D., Kennedy, W.A., & Smith, D.A. (2000) . Comparison of conduct -disordered behavior in crack-dealing versus non-dealing juvenile offenders. Psychological Reports, 86, 1089-1096.

In-text citation: (Duncan et al., 2000)

 

Documenting Information Found on the World Wide Web

Bishop, M.., Cameron, C.L., Collins, C.A. ,Danoff-Burg, S., Kirk, S.B., Stanton, A.L., Sharon, C. L. & Sworowski, L.A. (2000). Emotionally expressive coping predicts psychological and physical adjustment to breast cancer. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68, 875-882. Retrieved October 24, 2000, from http://www.apa.org/journals/ccp/ccp685875.html

In-text citation: (Bishop et al., 2000)

Documenting Information Found in the Library's Subscription Databases

Bonomo, V. & Fogliani, A.M. (2000) Citalopram and haloperidol for psychotic depression. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 157(10), pp.1706+. Retrieved from the ProQuest database.

In-text citation: (Bonomo et al., 2000)

Finding More Information About APA Style

Print resources

Since there will be many instances where the above examples do not apply, you are encouraged to ask for assistance from a Librarian or request to see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association , which is kept at the Reserves Desk on the first floor of the library. The call number is BF 76.7 .P83 2010.

 

Internet resources

American Psychological Association. APA Style (2010)

Degelman,D. (2009) APA style essentials.