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Referencing with APA 6th

by Emily Dott on 2017-02-18T11:00:00+00:00 | Comments

The American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th) is the standard referencing style for psychology, educational psychology and also used by some subjects outside of psychology. With any referencing style, it is best to go back to the source, so your go to guide book for any APA questions should be the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. It provides examples for many of the common source types that you'll encounter in your literature search and guidance about all aspects the style. 

However, some students find it challenging to find the right example for the information they have in front of them. Cite Them Right can provide a more accessible explanation and the search function within the online resource allows you to find information quickly. Cite them Right is available as a print book and as an online guide. You might be asked to log in with your university user ID and password when off campus.

The APA’s own website is also a great source of information, providing hints and tips about the APA style more broadly. We find the APA blog an excellent source to answer questions about the more obscure and funny referencing questions. The inspired idea of a Frankenreference (when your source doesn't fit into one type) is especially pleasing to us librarians. 

If you're using EndNote, you'll find APA 6th as a style option and there are lots of books in the library which will help you understand and apply the style. Here are a couple of useful titles you might want to look at 

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association by American Psychological Association Staff
ISBN: 9781433805615
Publication Date: 2010-01-01
An EasyGuide to APA Style by Beth M. Schwartz; R. Eric Landrum; Regan A. R. Gurung
ISBN: 9781483383231
Publication Date: 2016-03-10
Mastering APA Style by Harold Gelfand; Charles J. Walker
ISBN: 1557988919
Publication Date: 2001-11-01
Cite Them Right by Richard Pears; Graham Shields
ISBN: 9781137585042
Publication Date: 2016-05-06

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