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September 05, 2013

Best of the APA Style Blog: 2013 Edition

Each fall the APA Style Blog Team puts together a “best of” feature, and this year we continue the tradition with an updated set of posts from the APA Style Blog and our parent site, apastyle.org. We hope it will be helpful as new batches of students set upon the task of learning and implementing APA Style.

You can get the full story in our sixth edition Publication Manual (also available as an e-book for Kindle) and our APA Style Guide to Electronic References, plus more information via the links below.

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What is APA Style?
Why is APA Style needed?
Basics of APA Style Tutorial
FAQs about APA Style  

Sample Papers

Sample Paper 1
Sample Paper 2
Sample meta-analysis paper
Sample published APA article  

Learn How to Make APA Style References

How in-text citations work
How references work (and how to deal with missing information)
How to find the example you need in the Publication Manual 
The principle of “cite what you see, cite what you use

How to Cite...

Legal references (including constitutions and federal statutes)
Paraphrased work
Mobile apps
Secondary sources (sources found in another source) and why to avoid them
Social media (Twitter, Facebook)
Website material
YouTube videos

Grammar Tips Trees

A versus an with acronyms and abbreviations
All versus none
Data is versus data are
Since versus because
That versus which
While versus although and whereas 
Who versus that

Paper Formatting Guidelines

Block quotations
Lists (lettered, numbered, or bulleted)
Running heads

Student Resources

How to cite a class
How to cite classroom course packs and custom textbooks
How to “cite” your research participant interview data

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