Summary of the APA Style

APA is the reference style most used by students. This is because many colleges and universities require that the citation of references in theses and reports should be done according to the APA Style.

As a student, you are saddled with the burden of citing perfectly.

The APA guide

APA is a style that originated with the American Psychological Association (APA). It is the standard for the social sciences. The official manual of the APA Style is very extensive and, as a result, it can be awkward to use. Often, the answers to the questions you have about that one specific source either are not in the guide or are difficult to find.

Many universities have written their own summary manuals for following APA guidelines. These manuals can be useful but our experience has been that the rules are often written in a disorderly fashion, are not up-to-date and don’t provide a definite answer to how you should format the citation of that one source you need help with.

APA Style and the layout of your dissertation

Many students don’t realize this, but in addition to the APA rules regarding referencing sources and creating a reference list, APA also has, for example, rules about the layout of the reference list, the use of abbreviations and the application of headings and summaries.

Scribbr and APA

At Scribbr.com, in just three steps you can be a king (or queen) of APA, make no more mistakes in your source referencing and thus, ultimately, also avoid plagiarism.

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