DR. NICHOLSON'S APA WRITING STYLE ASSISTANCE PAGE
The APA Writing Assistance page provides in-depth assistance with the principle writing style used in Business and Psychology, APA (American Psychological Association) style. There are several style guides, but APA is the simplest to use. Using a style guide such as APA helps to organize your work and to make it visually neat and clear. There are links in this site to MLA, Chicago, Turabian and other style guides.
This page and the numerous references here should be useful to you beyond this class. It should provide you insights into several parts of the writing process. There are informative sections on style, grammar, references, headings, punctuation, common errors, confusing word pairs and more, including indications of how to cite references from the Internet.
I have written an exemplar APA Style Guide sample document in Word, reflecting changes reflected in the Sixth and most recent edition (2010) of the guide (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association). It is recommended that you read through the simple Sample Word Document to get a feel for what APA style looks like.
How to Create a Proper APA Reference for your Textbook
You could use some help your first time, or even if it is not your fist time. First there was the mighty and powerful Citation Machine. Now there is the Son of Citation Machine.
Enter the Son of Citation Machine link above. In the left hand column select "APA 6th Edition" -- then under "Books and Documents" select "Book" -- Now you are in business, from here it is as easy as pie to create a properly formated APA reference of any book. Just starting filling in the blanks, beginning with the author's last and first names.
Son of Citation is a short cut for when you're in a hurry. However, this APA Style Help Page I have created for you is loaded with other tools. Take some time and explore it, you might find it useful.
Setting up Microsoft Word for APA style
This is a You Tube video showing how to set up a Word document to write a paper in APA style. Very cool! When you finish that video you will be taken to a new link of several helpful videos on all phases of writing papers in APA style.
American Psychological Association (APA) Writing Style
Getting Started Writing a Paper in APA Style
A Sample Paper About APA Style: A Useful for Organizing Course Papers
Utilizing APA Style
How to Structure Papers Using APA Style
References -- Citing Sources
A Great URL Citation Guide! Plug in the Information and this Site will show you how to generate both MLA and APA Citations
How to Prepare and Structure Annotated Bibliographies
Here I have done something similar to what I did at the beginning of this APA Writing Help section. Namely, I have written a sample annotated bibliography. It is in word format so you can easily view and/or download it.
In addition, below are several websites specifically dealing with the nature, use, preparation and correct APA style of annotated bibliographies. An annotated bibliography is an expanded set of references with short descriptions and/or evaluations of the reference material. It can serve as an excellent vehicle for organizing research sources on a particular topic. This is especially useful for the preparation of term papers.
Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation Help
Frequently Asked Grammar Questions
A Special Warning on Plagiarism
Do Your Own Work: If you copy sources and do not properly cite them, you run a high risk of getting caught. The penalties for plagiarism can be severe. Plagiarism is writing something that you copied from a source without citing the source, giving the impression that the ideas were yours when they were not. It is good to use other people's ideas properly in your papers, but you must cite them, put them in your references, give them due credit. These web sites will help you understand plagiarism and how to avoid it.
Dictionaries, Thesauri, Encyclopedias, Reference Books
Common Writing Mistakes: Word Pairs
Common Writing Mistakes: Classic Errors
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