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APA 7th Ed. Style Guide: APA 7th ed. Format

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What is APA?

What is APA Style?

APA Style® originated in 1929 when a group of psychologists, anthropologists, and business managers convened and sought to establish a simple set of procedures, or style rules, that would codify the many components of scientific writing to increase the ease of reading comprehension.

As with other editorial styles, APA Style consists of rules or guidelines that a publisher observes to ensure a clear and consistent presentation of written material. It concerns uniform use of such elements as

  • selection of headings, tone, and length;
  • punctuation and abbreviations;
  • presentation of numbers and statistics;
  • construction of tables and figures,
  • citation of references; and
  • many other elements that are a part of a manuscript.
 American Psychological Association. (n.d.). What is APA Style? Retrieved February 05, 2016, from _ga=1.79192721.426893233.1454673043 

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Introducing APA 7th Ed.

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition (2020) has now been published. Make sure to know if your professor is expecting you to conform to the new citation standards.  Beginning in the Fall of 2020, there will be two separate guides one for 6th Ed. and one for 7th Ed. 


This guide was created with thanks to the Librarians at  University of South Carolina's Thomas Cooper Library.