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:
(We are keeping these resources active since Nursing is allowing some cohorts to continue using APA, 6th edition)
- Quick Guide for APA (PDF)
- Downloadable Documents
- APA Default Document for Microsoft Word (.docx)
- APA Sample Paper for Google Docs
- Make sure you copy and paste the information or download these docs before trying
to use them. Please, don't request to use them because these are publicly available.
(Everyone will be able to see your work.)
- To Download: Click on File > Click on Download > Click on Microsoft Word (.docx)
- If you don't have Microsoft Word, it will take a few extra steps. Click on File > Click on Download > Click on PDF document (.pdf). Now, upload the pdf to your Google Drive. You will then be prompted to open it into Google Docs.
- In-text Citation for APA
- APA, the Sixth Edition: Citations and Templates
- Purdue University's APA, Sixth Edition resources including a video series to help with formatting and citations
Citations and Templates:
APA, the Seventh Edition
- Official Resources forAPA Style from the American Psychological Association
- We have constructedAPA citations based on the publication medium with the inclusion of templates
- Also, check out the Formatting Resources page for any additional formatting questions for Microsoft Office and Google.
- Tanner Health System School of Nursing's specified title page requirements.
- The Owl at Purdue University offers a comprehensive guide to APA style as well as an APA sample paper formatted with the new guidelines for students and professionals.
- Also, the American Psychological Association provides detailed information about APA and a resource page.
(Below are the Amazon links to purchase the manuals)