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Library Guide on APA 7th Edition / RefWorks

APA Style (American Psychological Association)

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th edition is out. To see the library's APA new guide, go to

  • Using APA Style, 7th edition - handout

The information below is about the 6th edition. 

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.

Cite with RefWorks and Create Bibliography with MS Word Apps

I. RefWorks 

RefWorks is a bibliography management tool. You can use this link to set up your RefWorks account with TAMU. Use you Netid as user name and then select your own password.

II. Word Apps for Writing and Citing: Write N Cite, RCM, & Google Doc 

You could also embed RefWorks into MS Word to cite and create your Reference when writing. The tool was formerly known as  Write N Cite, but now it is known as "Cite in Microsoft Word."  To install it on your laptop, log in to your RefWorks account,  under Tools find Cite in Microsoft Word>  download a version compatible to your laptop's operating system. You can also insert RCM add-on app to your MS Word. RCM stands for RefWorks Citation Manager. To add RCM to your MS Word, follow this path: Open your MS Word > Insert > Get Add-In > Search RCM> Add. RCM is a newer tool which is easier to use than Write N Cite. There is also an Add-on app for Google Doc. Go to your RefWorks account, under Tool, download and install the Google Doc app, which works exactly the same as RCM.

III Google Scholar & RefWorks
To use RefWorks with Google Scholar, go to Google Scholar >Setting> Bibliography Manager> change setting from BibTex to RefWorks >Save.‚Äč With this new setting in place, every result will bear a link ready to be exported to your RefWorks account with just two clicks