APA Style-Citation and Reference Guide

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A brief but detailed guide to using APA style writing in a college or university course.

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<ul><li> 1. An Overview </li> <li> 2. The Big Picture </li> <li> 3. 1) APA=American Psychological Association 2) Uniform format used for social sciences Psychology, Linguistics, etc. Business Nursing 3) Organization, Style, Citations 4) Reasons: Clear direction, less distractions, Audience Connection </li> <li> 4. Writing style is the voice an author uses to communicate with the audience. APA Style Guidelines: 1st person acceptable/preferred in APA style (unless assignment says differently) Clear and Simple=Good Vague and Complex=Bad Concise=Good Wordy and/or Repetitious=Bad Avoid poetic language </li> <li> 5. Vary from Class to Class May not include all elements Definition of elements may vary May include additional elements </li> <li> 6. Overall Mechanics </li> <li> 7. Typed Double Spaced 12pt Font Serif (Times New Roman for Body) Sans-Serif (Tahoma for Headings) Uniform 1 Margins Flush left align (DO NOT JUSTIFY) Tab indent every new paragraph </li> <li> 8. Most Common Elements </li> <li> 9. Title Page (First Page) Abstract (New Page) Text (New Page) References (New Page) Tables (New Page) Figures (New Page) Appendices (New Page) </li> <li> 10. Running Head: Running Head Page Number Title (12 pt, TNR, Centered) Author (12 pt, TNR, Centered) Institution (12 pt, TNR, Centered) Author Note </li> <li> 11. Various Elements Style Considerations Accurate Nonevaluative Coherent and readable Concise </li> <li> 12. Mechanics New Page TNR 12 pt Running Head Page # Double Spaced Do not indent paragraph Single Paragraph Word Limit </li> <li> 13. Introduction What is the problem? Why is it important? What is the hypothesis/thesis? Body What research/testing did you do? Does your research prove/disprove your thesis/hypothesis? How does it prove/disprove? What are the implications? Conclusion Tie it all together </li> <li> 14. Mechanics New Page TNR 12 pt Running Head Page # Tab indent new paragraphs Double spaced Other authors properly cited </li> <li> 15. Acknowledge Resources cited in text Provide an easy/accurate way to locate cited work Alphabetize by last name/first name </li> <li> 16. Tables Figures Appendices </li> <li> 17. Avoiding Plagiarism </li> <li> 18. Claiming the words, ideas, or research of another person as your own. Failing to cite the author when quoting Failing to cite the author when paraphrasing Theft of intellectual property </li> <li> 19. In Text Citations One sentence quotes Block quotes Paraphrasing Graphs that are not your original work Figures that are not your original work </li> <li> 20. Mechanics </li> <li> 21. One Author-Direct quote Author not mentioned in Sentence: Deciding on a suitable subject and narrowing it down to manageable proportions are crucial steps toward the success of your research paper (Rozakis, 1999, p.25). Author is mentioned in Sentence: Rozakis (1999) suggests that Deciding on a suitable subject and narrowing it down to manageable proportions are crucial steps toward the success of your research paper (p.25). </li> <li> 22. One Author-Paraphrase Author not named in Sentence: Determining your subject and simplifying the main ideas are very important to the overall success of a research paper (Rozakis, 1999). Author named in sentence: Rozakis (1999) states that finding a sufficient subject and simplifying the ideas are very important in the overall success of a research paper. </li> <li> 23. One author-Multiple references in one paragraph Note: As long as the author is mentioned in a sentence at the beginning of the paragraph, the authors name need not be mentioned in subsequent citations in the same paragraph, as long as no other resource is quoted in that paragraph (American Psychological Assocation, 2011). </li> <li> 24. One Author-Multiple References in one Paragraph: Rozakis (1999) shows the importance of narrowing a subject to ease the process of research. She suggests that the first step is to find a very general subject that suits the limits of the assignment (1999). A student may have an awesome idea, but if it doesnt meet the limits of the assignment, it will not be sufficient to earn a good grade. It is best if the subject chosen can be phrased as a question (1999). </li> <li> 25. One Work-Two Authors-Direct Quote An informal outline can be as simple as listing the major ideas in the order you plan to discuss them, or it may use the topic sentences from each planned paragraph as a blueprint from which to work(Barnwell &amp; Dees, 1995, p.87). Barnwell and Dees (1995) state, An informal outline can be as simple as listing the major ideas in the order you plan to discuss them, or it may use the topic sentences from each planned paragraph as a blueprint from which to work (p. 87). </li> <li> 26. One Work-Two Authors-Paraphrase Barnwell and Dees (1995) show that an informal outline can have many forms, but that all forms will create a starting point from which to write. Informal outlines vary in complexity, but all outlines provide a starting point for a writer (Barnwell &amp; Dees, 1995). </li> <li> 27. One Work-Three to Five Authors-Direct Quote-First Appearance in Paper Alexander, Decker-Lucke, Ernest, Kutsko, and Peterson (2002) state, Primary and ultimate responsibility for accuracy in fact-checking and verification of quotations (including Scripture references) must lie with the author (p. 8) Primary and ultimate responsibility for accuracy in fact-checking and verification of quotations (including Scripture references) must lie with the author (Alexander, Decker-Lucke, Ernest, Kutsko, &amp; Peterson, 2002, p. 8). </li> <li> 28. One Work-Three to Five Authors-Paraphrase- First appearance in Text: Alexander, Decker-Lucke, Ernest, Kutsko, and Peterson (2002) show that the author of a work in Biblical studies holds the primary responsibility for ensuring the accuracy of quoted information in all written work. The author of a work in Biblical studies holds the primary responsibility for ensuring the accuracy of quoted information in all written work (Alexander, Decker-Lucker, Ernest, Kutsko, &amp; Peterson, 2002). </li> <li> 29. One Work-Three to Five Authors-Direct Quote-Subsequent Appearances in Text: Alexander et al. (2002) state, Primary and ultimate responsibility for accuracy in fact-checking and verification of quotations (including Scripture references) must lie with the author (p. 8) Primary and ultimate responsibility for accuracy in fact-checking and verification of quotations (including Scripture references) must lie with the author (Alexander et al., 2002, p. 8). </li> <li> 30. One Work-6 or more Authors-Direct Quote: Huggins et al. (2011) say, The ability to write a paper is a skill that students must have in order to successfully complete their college education (p. 3). The ability to write a paper is a skill that students must have in order to successfully complete their college education (Huggins et al., 2011, p.3). </li> <li> 31. One Work-6 or more authors-Paraphrase: Huggins et al. (2011) shows the necessity of prior writing instruction for students who enter college. Students need to know how to write a paper before they enter college (Huggins et al., 2011). </li> <li> 32. Help readers find sources </li> <li> 33. Allows readers/professors to find and use the same data you have Ensures that you have not violated any copyright limitations or laws Protects you from charges of plagiarism </li> <li> 34. Mechanics </li> <li> 35. Book-Print-1 Author: Lastname, Initial(s). Year of Publication or copyright. Title of Book. Location: Publisher. Example: Rozakis, L. 1999. Writing Great Research Papers. New York: McGraw-Hill. Book-Print-2 Authors: Lastname, Initials of 2nd author,&amp; Lastname, Initials 1st author. Year. Title of Book. Location: Publisher. Example: Dees, R. &amp; Barnwell W. H. 1995. The Resourceful Writer: A Basic Writing Course. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. </li> <li> 36. Book-Print-3 to 7 Authors: Note: Same elements as 2, but must list all authors. Start with 2nd author listed on book. Example: Kutsko, J.F., Alexander, P.H., Ernest, J.D., Decker- Lucke, S.A., &amp; Peterson, D.L. 2002. The SBL Handbook of Style. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. </li> <li> 37. Book-Print-More than 7 authors: Note: Same order of elements. The only thing that changes is the way the authors are listed. List the First 4 Authors using standard method, add an ellipses, and then list the last author. Should be a total of 5 named authors. </li> <li> 38. Additional elements for journals, referencing individual chapters only, and online resources. Various types that can be valid resources include: Periodicals Books (Reference Books or Individual Chapters) Technical and Research Reports Meetings and Symposia Doctoral Dissertations and Masters Theses Reviews and Peer Commentary Audiovisual Media Dataset, Software, etc. Archival Documents and Collections Internet Message Boards, Mailing Lists, and Other Online Communities Author Variations, Title Variations, Publication Info Variations </li> <li>...</li></ul>