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.
Quick Guide for APA (PDF)
APA Formatted Downloadable Document (Word doc)
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.
For additional information, check out:
- 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 manual: