Overview

A quick overview of the APA referencing style.

What is the APA style

The APA style is a set of guidelines for scientific communication established by the American Psychological Association. The guidelines vary from describing the role of ethics in publishing to offering basic guidance on writing an article, and citing sources. All guidelines appear in the sixth edition of the APA Manual.


Who should use APA

Students, teachers, researchers and professionals in the fields of psychology, education, social work, nursing, business, and many other behavioral and social sciences should use the APA style rules included in the APA Manual.


Why use APA

Uniform style helps you identify easily key points and findings in a paper. It also assists you in presenting in an organized way the information you want to convey to your audience. Finally, it allows you to codify with accuracy and respect the elements required in order to give credit to those who inspired your work.


How APA works

The APA style follows the author - date system to describe the information sources cited in a paper. This means that the author and the publication date of the source are always provided in the citations.


Where to find more on APA

Apart from the APA Manual, our library offers access to the APA Style Guide to Electronic References. You can also visit the APA Style Help website, review their blog and talk with APA style experts. The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University also offers a variety of examples regarding citation styles.