Topic: APA format.
The following is from one of
Shakespeare's plays, Pericles,
Prince of Tyre:
comes, apparell'd like the spring,
Are you able to immediately understand the meaning of the
above stanza? If you are struggling, you
are not alone. Most people are unable to
decipher a Shakespearean play upon first reading because Shakespeare
wrote in a
different style than what is familiar to us today.
We can, however, study Shakespeare's
technique and learn to read his plays fluently.
Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king
Of every virtue gives renown to men!
Her face the book of praises, where is read
Nothing but curious pleasures, as from thence
Sorrow were ever razed and testy wrath
Could never be her mild companion.
Likewise, in psychology and other subject matters, a
specific writing style is used for scientific writing: APA Style APA style is
discussed in detail in the book Publication Manual of the American
Psychological Association(5th edition).
This tutorial is your guide to understanding
not only basic aspects of APA style but also using the Publication Manual
in future writing and
reading assignments. At first, it might
seem confusing to read or be required to write in any new style. Yet, learning key aspects of APA style will
help you become a better student and consumer of scientific writing.
The internet already has several existing good sites
for students to learn APA format. Below is a list of them.
For information on the changes made
to the 5th edition,
For a list of writing rules for APA
here for Ross'
Rules of Report Writing.
|APA Style Essentials
Excellent site containing a lot of
on APA style. It's presented in a clear manner and gives
Try this one first by clicking on the
APA Style Essentials icon below. If that fails, copy and paste
the address given above (for some reason, a direct link doesn't work
and that is why I didn't 'hot link' the above address) and then
click on APA Style Essentials.
|Online Writing Lab by Purdue University Online
A useful site for a variety of writing styles, including
APA format. It gives you pieces of information from each section
in a manuscript. Good as an overview with some specific
|APA 5th Edition by Cal State LA Library
This site provides a good overview of 5th edition
and includes information about many aspects of the APA format. It
is a pdf file that you will need to download, but that helps you to see
the exact formatting.
|USM Help for APA
This site from the University System of Maryland
provides a very nice summary of how to write that confusing reference
Click here if you need a quick answer on how to do a certain type of
|APA Style Templates
If you have the $$, go to this web page to purchase
and download a template that will do the work for you.