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An EasyGuide to APA Style
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An EasyGuide to APA Style

Third Edition


April 2016 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Written by experienced psychology instructors who are active and respected members of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society for the Teaching of Psychology, the updated Third Edition provides a reader-friendly guide for mastering APA style and covers all sections of an APA-style paper. Clear, conversational, and humorous, the book presents easy-to-understand explanations of how to write research papers, term papers, and lab reports, and cite references following APA style and format. The authors focus on the most essential elements of APA style and format, offering useful advice, tips, and visual representations. 
 
Section I: Overview
 
Chapter 1: Style Versus Format: Why It Matters to Your Audience and Why It Should Matter to You
What Is the Difference Between APA Style and APA Format?

 
Why APA Style Anyway? Wasn’t MLA Good Enough?

 
In the Long Run, Attention to Detail Matters (Including APA Style and Format)

 
Write for Your Specific Audience: Term Papers Versus Formal Research Papers

 
 
Chapter 2: Your Visual Table of Contents QuickFinder
The Sample Paper With Content and Page Numbers

 
 
Section II. Writing With (APA) Style: Big-Picture Items
 
Chapter 3: General Writing Tips Specific to APA Style: Bare-Bones Fundamentals
Clear and Succinct Writing: Using Your Scholarly Voice

 
Commonly Confused Words in Psychology and Beyond

 
Subject–Verb Agreement

 
Active Voice Versus Passive Voice in APA Style

 
Some (But Not Too Much) First-Person Usage

 
Avoiding Anthropomorphism

 
 
Chapter 4: A Quick Grammar Summary for APA-Style Writing
Parts of a Sentence

 
Parts of Speech

 
Common Grammar Mistakes to Avoid

 
 
Chapter 5: Plagiarism and How to Avoid It: Thou Shalt Not Steal (or Be Lazy)
But I Didn’t Know...

 
It Sounds Like a Bad Word

 
Quoting: More Than Just a Copy and Paste

 
Paraphrasing: In Your Own Words

 
An Author’s License (Yours): Modifying Source Material

 
But I Can Freely Use My Own Work, Right?

 
How About This for a Plagiarism Awareness Exercise?

 
 
Chapter 6: Avoiding Biased Language
The Fundamental Lesson: View People as Individuals First

 
Specific Recommendations for Reducing Bias: Nonsexist Language and Other Areas

 
Sexual Orientation

 
Racial and Ethnic Identity

 
Disabilities

 
Occupations

 
Gender and Pronouns: With an Indefinite Recommendation

 
 
Section III. Writing With (APA) Style: Getting Down to Business
 
Chapter 7: Writing Your Introduction: Tying the Story all Together
What to Include in Your Introduction

 
Formatting Your Introduction

 
Getting Your Introduction Started

 
Using an Outline: Organizing Your Literature Review

 
Common Mistakes to Avoid in your Introduction

 
Outline for the Sample Introduction Section Included

 
Sample Paper

 
 
Chapter 8: Writing Your Discussion: It’s a Wrap
Formatting Your Discussion Section

 
What to Include in Your Discussion Section

 
Getting Your Discussion Section Started

 
Organizing Your Discussion Section

 
Common Mistakes to Avoid in your Discussion Section

 
Outline for the Sample Discussion Section Included

 
Sample Paper

 
 
Chapter 9: Citing Sources in Text: Whodunit (or Said It)?
A Good Rule of Thumb

 
Ready, Cite, GO

 
In-Text Citation Basics

 
Some Curveballs

 
 
Chapter 10: A Step-by-Step Playbook of Your Method: How, What, When, Who, and Where?
Where in the Flow of Pages Do You Place the Method Section?

 
Where in the Method Section Does This Information Go?

 
Subjects/Participants

 
Materials and Apparatus

 
Procedure

 
Formatting Your Method Section

 
 
Chapter 11: Writing About Statistics and Associated Fun: How Did It All Turn Out?
Let Us Talk Statistics

 
Basics and Beyond

 
Formatting Your Results Paragraph

 
Including Effect Size and Power

 
 
Chapter 12: Everybody Needs References
A Helpful Note

 
Creating Your References Section

 
Using Abbreviations

 
The Basics

 
Basic References Section Formatting Rules

 
Some Not-So-Basic Rules You Might Need

 
 
Section IV. Presenting Your Work in APA Format
 
Chapter 13: The Numbers Game: How to Write Numbers (and When the Rules Change)
When You Use Numerals

 
When You Use Words

 
Using Both Numerals and Words

 
How to Use Decimal Points

 
Additional Rules for Including Numbers in Your Paper

 
Metrication

 
When Do You Use Abbreviations?

 
 
Chapter 14: Formatting: Organizing, Headings, and Making Your Work Look Good to Print
What Goes Where?

 
What Your Paper Should Look Like

 
Headings

 
Spelling Matters: Spelling and Capitalization Rules

 
Final Touches

 
 
Chapter 15: Table That Motion: The Special Challenges of Tables and Figures
What Is What

 
Getting the Look Down

 
A Note on “Notes”

 
Figuring It Out

 
Get Legendary (and Use Captions)

 
Where to Place Tables and Figures

 
But I Am Doing a Literature Review: Could I Use a Table or Figure?

 
Do Not Forget

 
 
Chapter 16: Make Microsoft Word 2013 Work for You: APA Formatting
Word 2013 Tabs and Drop-Down Menus

 
Setting the Margins

 
Line Spacing and Spacing Between Paragraphs

 
Page Headers (First Page and Subsequent Pages) and Page Numbering

 
Tabs, Centering, and the Ruler

 
References and the Hanging Indent

 
Preparing a Table (Rows, Columns, Lines, Centering)

 
Fonts and Font Variations (Italics, Bold, Superscript)

 
Page Breaks, Orphans, and Widows

 
Spell-Checker and Grammar Checker

 
Developing Good Habits: Autosaving, File Naming, File Storage, Frequent Backups

 
 
Section V. Some Nitty-Gritty Details
 
Chapter 17: Making a List, No Apps Required: Enumeration and Seriation
Why Bother?

 
Keeping Order at the Section Level

 
Order Within Paragraphs or Sentences

 
On a Related Note

 
 
Chapter 18: Abbreviations, Signs, Symbols, and Punctuation: The Devil Is in the Details
OMG: To Abbreviate or Not?

 
Blinding You With Science and Latin

 
Punctuation

 
 
Section VI. In Closing: Important Considerations
 
Chapter 19: Using Rubrics: Knowing What It Means to Write a Good Paper
Follow Rubrics When Provided

 
Example Rubric

 
 
Chapter 20: Proofreading the Entire Paper: Get It Right!
Sample Student Paper for Practicing Proofreading

 
 
Chapter 21: Complete Sample of an Experimental (Research) Paper: Samples, Anyone?
Sample Paper

 
Additional Resources on Writing

 
 
Chapter 22: How to Avoid the Most Common Mistakes: All Together Now
APA Style and Format Checklist

 
Be Aware of Professors’ Pet Peeves

 

Easy to understand - yet profound enough to use it also for university-level research.

Mr Ferry Habasche
Management, FHWien University of Applied Sciences
January 21, 2020

A clear and well presented text. Students like the illustrations throughout the book that highlight the correct way and common mistakes in APA style referencing.

Dr Helen Nicholas
Institute of Health & Society, Worcester University
December 14, 2016

Very good "how to"-book.

Professor Ewald Mittelstaedt
Engineering and Business Managment, South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences
November 26, 2016

This book is essential reading for students who are using the APA referencing style in their work. It offers a comprehensive range of sources and how to reference them.

Dr Helen Nicholas
Institute of Health & Society, Worcester University
November 17, 2016

Provides great detail to all the issues with writing with APA referencing for essays, reports, articles and theses. Really useful manual for students.

Dr Pauline Hyland
Psychology , Dublin Business School
September 28, 2016

The book is easy to read, offers insights into the purpose and utility of APA style. Price is reasonable for students we serve.

Dr Andrew Knapp
Social Science Dept, Finger Lakes Community College
September 21, 2016

It can be a daunting task to put a journal article into APA style when students use a different referencing style on their courses. I found this text was very user-friendly and had all the essential information in a more summarized way than the larger APA style textbooks.

Ms jackie fox
discipline of occupational therapy, National University of Ireland, Galway
June 8, 2016

An extremely detailed and readable guide to using the American Psychological Association (APA) style. The book covers everying from when to use italics, abbreviations; how to cite correctly, setting margings and reporting statistics. Humour and a conversational writing style make the guide accessible to even first year undergraduate students. Chapter 19 on using Rubrics will be of particular help to students, who often ignore or misunderstand marking instructions. There is much good general advice about how to write well, particularly on the use of unbiased language.

The authors assume that their audience are studying psychology. More examples from non-psychology disciplines would have made this book a better fit for our students.

Mrs Udeni Salmon
Salford Business School, Salford University
June 7, 2016

Provides a useful reference text for students that should hopefully reduce the number of formatting mistakes that students commit repeatedly. The sample papers seem useful and could be adapted for use in a classroom activity.

Dr Trevor James
Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University
May 25, 2016

A comprehensive guide covering all aspects of research report writing. Expecting this to be dipped into frequently so the cover and binding could be more robust.

Dr JUDITH HASSAN
Nursing , Manchester College of Arts & Techn.
April 29, 2016

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