Main Lab

   Describing aspects of
    a good theory.

Phases of research
  Steps for conducting a
    research study.

Research methods
  Different types of 
   research methods.

Sources for Info
  Primary & Secondary
    sources of research.

Journal Articles
  Understanding a
    typical journal article.

On-line Searches
  How to use PsycInfo 
    and other search
    engines.  Includes info
    on full text articles.

APA Format
   Learn to write in APA 

Activities & Quizzes
   A variety of activities
    related to research. 
   To be used in classes.

Topic:  APA format.


The following is from one of Shakespeare's plays, Pericles, Prince of Tyre:

See where she comes, apparell'd like the spring,
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.

 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. 

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, click here.

    For a list of writing rules for APA format, click here for Ross' Rules of Report Writing.
APA Style Essentials
    Excellent site containing a lot of information on APA style.  It's presented in a clear manner and gives examples.  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.
 APA Style Essentials

Online Writing Lab by Purdue University Online Writing Lab 
   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 information included.

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 section.  Click here if you need a quick answer on how to do a certain type of reference. 

APA Help from Ithica College
    Like the USM link above, this site is a quick reference on how to cite something on a Reference page.
APA Style Resources by Psych Web
    This site lists several websites that address APA formatting.  A great resource.

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.