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Family Life Education Methodology: APA Style

Purpose of this guide

Hello and welcome to University Libraries APA Libguide!  This guide provides information on using APA style to cite sources, create reference lists and more. 

The most recent edition of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association is the 6th edition. There are copies at the reference desk (BF 76.7 P83 2010) for you to use in the building. If you are a graduate student I highly recommend purchasing your own copy!

When editors or professors ask you to write in APA Style, they are referring to the editorial style that many of the social and behavioral sciences have adopted to present written material in the field. APA Style was first developed 80 years ago by a group of social scientists who wished to establish sound standards of communication. 

To achieve this clarity of communication, publishers have developed rules of style. These rules are designed to ensure clear and consistent presentation of written material. Editorial style concerns uniform use of such elements as:

  • punctuation and abbreviations
  • construction of tables
  • selection of headings
  • citations of references
  • presentation of statistics

(APA, 2010)

APA Cheat Sheet: This is a basic APA handout that gives examples of books, articles and web resources.

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I like the spiral bound version because it lays flat and will stay open to the page you need!