APA (American Psychological Association) style was developed by social and behavioral scientists to standardize scientific writing. It is used for term papers, research reports, empirical studies, literature reviews, theoretical articles, methodological articles, and case studies. (APA website)
Writers in the following disciplines usually use APA style:
*IMPORTANT NOTE: In October 2019 the American Psychological Association released the latest edition of the APA format - the 7th edition. For Fall term 2020 the vast majority of instructors will still be using APA 6th edition, but it would be a good idea to verify this holds true for your professor. Important update: As of 9/23/2020, the APA citation generator in the Gale databases are now formatting APA citations in 7th edition instead of 6th edition.
ALL RESOURCES ON THIS PAGE ARE FOR APA 6TH EDITION, UNLESS MARKED OTHERWISE.
A thorough explanation of APA format may be found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. If you expect to be writing many papers in APA format over this term, you may wish to purchase a copy for your own reference. *Be sure to purchase a "new" copy of the 6th ed. guide, in lieu of a "used" copy, as the first printing of the manual had numerous errors.
(In 2021 or 2022 instructors will be using the 7th edition instead.)
"Change is the only constant in life." -Heraclitus
APA 7th Edition Resources: