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APA In-Depth: Getting Started

This guide will help you learn the basics of APA (7th ed.) style and referencing.

New edition of APA is out!

The new, 7th edition of the APA Style Manual has arrived on campus! As soon as we are familiar with the changes, we will update this page. In the meantime, see a summary of the rules for constructing references on the APA website. Style and grammar guidelines can be found here.

What Is APA?

"APA" stands for American Psychological Association, which is a professional organization for the field of psychology. APA writes and publishes its own publication manual, which describes in detail all of the rules and regulations regarding APA Style. APA Style involves rules about not only citation and referencing, but also writing and formatting. APA Style is widely used across disciplines, particularly in the sciences and social sciences. These style rules are intended to make scholarly writing more uniform so that it is more widely accessible and understandable. 

Image taken from http://www.apastyle.org/index.aspx

APA Style Blog

The APA Style Blog publishes weekly articles about various aspects of APA Style. It is an official supplement to the publication manual, written and maintained by experts on APA Style. If you have a question about APA and you can't find the answer in the publication manual, try searching the blog's website for answers.  

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Why Cite?

Citation is necessary because scholars (and other honest people) want to share ideas without stealing them. 
When you create a research paper or presentation, it is (or should be) a combination of your original thoughts and the knowledge you have gained from the thoughts of others.
Citation is a way of giving credit to those whose ideas made your final product possible.

APA Publication Manual (7th ed.)

The Greenspring and Owings Mills campus libraries as well as the Learning Commons have multiple copies of this publication manual, both in the reference section and available for checkout. 

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