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What is APA Style?
WHAT IS APA CITATION STYLE? IS IT ABOUT HOW I LIST CITATIONS?
APA = American Psychological Association
APA Style is typically used in the social sciences, like psychology, anthropology, sociology, nursing, business, as well as education and other fields.
Writing in APA is more than simply learning the formula for citations or following a certain page layout. APA also includes the stylistics of your writing, from point of view to word choice.
APA style establishes standards of written communication:
The organization of content
Purdue OWL APA Guidelines
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APA In-text Citations
Check Purdue OWL to be sure you're using in-text citation correctly.
Check Purdue OWL to see how to list your references correctly.
Social sciences uses an objective tone with a purpose statement rather than a thesis statement
So what is an objective tone?
Doesn't show feelings
Unbiased or neutral
Avoid pronouns such as "You and I"
An ideal example of the objective tone is presented in traditional textbooks
A big change in APA 7th ed. is that students don't have to use a running head in their APA papers. The running head is only required in professional papers; however, you should check with your instructor.
If you do have to use a running head, you're probably wondering what in the world a "running head" is. . .well, the running head is a shortened version of your paper's title. The running head cannot exceed 50 characters, including spacing.
Watch the ERC tutorial to learn how to insert a running head into your paper.
For your list of sources, you should include a References page.
Each citation style refers to the list of sources by a different title.
Differences between MLA and APA
The Most Noticable Changes in APA 7th ed.