Please note: the deadline has passed for the free access to the APA Style Manual. that was available during the early part of the pandemic. The full style manual is not available online via site license to universities, and therefore we do not have online access via our collections. While we have print copies of the style manual, they are not available to circulate out of our reference collections. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition (2020) is available for individual print purchase from all major booksellers. See other sources of information on APA style (such as APA Style Blog or OWL at Purdue) in other areas of this APA Style page. Information on OWL is in the box to the left of this screen.
Please see other useful APA style resources such as the APA Style page to see if what you need is there. It's a wealth of style info, with examples for references:
For a one page APA-published guide on how to cite a journal article, a book or a book chapter, just go to: https://apastyle.apa.org/instructional-aids/reference-guide.pdf
Some suggested links to more information about APA 7th edition:
The following APA sites have a lot of information that's included in the 7th edition of the Publication Manual...including information on writing and formatting papers (beyond just how to format citations):
Here is a brief tutorial about APA 7th edition:
and a longer video about the new 7th edition and how it differs from the 6th:
Also, see the information on using the OWL at Purdue (to the left on this page); many use this for examples of 7th edition style, very useful.
For those still using the 6th edition:
The Rutgers University Libraries include the style manuals published by the APA. As of the most recent (2010) 6th edition, these manuals are only available in their entirety in paper format. To see Rutgers Libraries' holdings of the 6th edition (corrected second printing), please see the full title: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association in QuickSearch. Search under "Title Begins With."All of the Rutgers libraries should hold copies of these books. Some are in reference stacks, some not, most under call number BF76.
For comprehensive information about APA style, and to contact APA with tricky questions, please go to the APA style blog at:
To get quick assistance with your detailed questions from APA's style experts, you can email them directly from the blog. In addition to the blog, APA Style is also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/APAStyle and Twitter https://twitter.com/APA_Style.
DOIs-now required by APA style
Use of DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is now preferred when using APA style. DOIs can be found on many articles, and in many indexing sources. If no DOI is available for an individual article, try searching "CrossRef" with the known article information here: (http://www.crossref.org.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/guestquery/ ) or by using the CrossRef Metadata Search. Most publishers have now assigned DOIs to articles even from the distant past. Tip: Always cut and paste DOIs for best results.
The box directly to the right details authoritative sources for information on APA Style. There are some web resources that have distilled information from those choices and make them available online. Note that there is NO complete APA Style Guide online.
These sources offer some style information:
The Owl at Purdue Purdue University
Provides a section "Research and Citation" that covers citation format information for the American Sociological Association (ASA) style, Chicago Manual of Style, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, and Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). OWL at Purdue has recently updated their excellent online resources to reflect the new (October, 2019) 7th edition of APA style. Please go to the APA Style section of OWL at: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html
All of the popular citation managers offer APA Style as a format. If you use a citation manager such as RefWorks, Zotero, or EndNote, you will see APA Style represented, and those tools will format the citations and produce bibliographies in the style. See the main tab on this guide labeled "Tools" for information on citation managers.
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