American Psychological Association (APA) Style
APA is utilized primarily by psychology, sociology, political science, communications, education, and business.
Difference between MLA and APA
- Due to the fields of study that utilize the style, APA emphasizes the year of publication with the author’s last name. MLA does not prioritize information by publication year but by the relevance of said information; in other words, a 1940’s study about Shakespeare can still contain relevant information for an academic paper.
- Years of Preference: APA prioritizes the most recent published information while MLA prefers information spanning the last decade.
Resources for the Sixth Edition of APA:
- Quick Guide for APA (PDF)
- APA Formatted Downloadable Document for Microsoft (Word doc)
- APA Formatted Document for Google Docs: This is a view-only file. Just copy and paste the information into a new document before attempting to use it.
- In-text Citation for APA
- APA, the Sixth Edition: Citations and Templates
Citations and Templates:
APA, the Seventh Edition
(The links below help construct APA citations based on the publication medium, including templates.)
- Books and Anthologies
- Television and Film
- Periodicals (journals, magazines, etc.)
- Electronic Sources (websites, databases, etc.)
Also, check out the Formatting Resources page for any formatting questions for Microsoft.
- Tanner Health System School of Nursing's specified title page requirements.
- The Owl at Purdue University offers a comprehensive guide to APA style.
- Also, the American Psychological Association provides detailed information about APA and a resource page.
(Below are the Amazon links to purchase the manuals)