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

Additional Information:

Purchasing Resources:

(Below are the Amazon links to purchase the manuals)