Friday, May 24, 2013

APA Style Resources

By Megan Pacella

This year, I've become something of an expert on APA style. I've worked with several clients who are writing dissertations or other lengthy academic articles, and all they are missing is a good editor to check for spelling and grammar, and whip their words into APA style.

The problem is, that's not as easy as it sounds. Currently, most students are expected to comply with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition--and it's a lot different than the previous edition.

Here's an abbreviated list of stylistic changes that you should watch out for:

1. Font can only be in Times New Roman (previously, Courier New was acceptable, as well).
2. The word web is a common noun and should not be capitalized.
3. E-mail is written with a hyphen.
4. Website is one word.
5. Use two spaces between a sentence.
6. The running head is a part of the paper. It should be placed at the top left side of every page.
7. Also, the running head should be typed in ALL CAPS.

Those are just a few of the hundreds of changes that have been made to APA style. If you need help making sure you entire body of work complies with APA 6th edition style, I can help. Just reach out to Writers in the Sky and ask for Megan. I've got to say, I'm pretty friendly to work with, too!

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