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APA Style (American Psychological Association)

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition, is the psychology "Bible" for citing your sources; it presents detailed instructions and guidance on manuscript preparation for journal articles and research papers, writing style, and reference lists (bibliographies).  The call number link provides location of the manual and number of copies held in TAMU Libraries (print copies only).  Call Number: BF76.7 .P83 2010

Online Help Guides for APA Style

With the exception of the 2-page TAMU Libraries handout and the American Psychological Association website, the other links to online style guides are fairly similar -- just choose one that is easiest for you to navigate and understand.

  • APA Citation Style Handout (6th Edition) -- TAMU Libraries' 2-page guide with specific examples on formatting your citations in "APA style" for some of the most commonly cited types of materials.  For more examples, see other resources below or the print copies of manuals in TAMU Libraries.
  • Basics of APA Style (Tutorial on APA website) -- online help provided by the American Psychological Association, narrated slides, plus link to sample Papers formatted using APA Style.
  • Quick Answers -- covers quick answers (on the APA website) on how to cite References, Formatting, and Most Popular.  Also has FAQs link to guidance on Punctuation, Grammar, and Writing Style.
  • APA Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue University) (6th Edition) -- This is an online resource provided by Purdue University Online Writing Center (OWL).  Many examples provided online and probably one of the best resources available when you don't have access to the print copy of the Manual.


RefWorks and EndNote

Citation Management Software

Citation management software helps you collect and organize citations or references that you want to keep track of for your research projects.  Search a database, select your citations, export to your account, then organize in folders for various projects.  You can even create a bibliography in your choice of "styles" such as APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, etc. and you can share your folder content with others (great for group projects).

TAMU Libraries pays for two site licenses (for students and faculty at TAMU-College Station):

  • RefWorks -- Probably the easiest of the citation management software tools to learn.  It is web-based, so every citation you collect can be stored on your RefWorks account "in the cloud".   Learn more about setting up an account and accessing step-by-step instructions and tutorials.
  • EndNote -- Sometimes preferred by scholars in the sciences, but similar in features to RefWorks with the exception that your citations are not stored "in the cloud".  You must download and store citations to your computer.  Learn more about setting up an account and accessing step-by-step instructions and tutorials.