Psychology Writing Resources (APA style)

Writing Scientific Articles

Title: Writing for Publication
By: Daryl J. Bem
Description: The following are articles by Daryl J. Bem. They provide advice and tips on writing empirical and review articles for publication.

Bem, D. J. (2003) Writing the empirical journal article. [PDF]
Bem, D. J. (1995). Writing a review article for Psychological Bulletin. Psychological Bulletin, 118, 172-177. [PDF]

 

APA STYLE 6th Edition

Title: APA Style Official Website
By: American Psychological Association
Description: The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition (2010) contains a set of rules for the preparation of manuscripts for clear and concise communication. Most psychology journals follow the standard that is outlined in this manual. This is the official page for the APA 6th Edition by the American Psychological Association. In addition to product advertisement, this site has supplementary materials, a "Frequently Asked Questions" section, and free tutorials on "The Basics of APA Style" and "What's New in the Sixth Edition." If you want to go straight to the tutorials, click on the following:

Basics of APA Style Tutorial
What's New in the Sixth Edition

Title: APA Overview
Description: The following is a list of websites that highlight the critical rules of The Publication Manual of the APA 6th Edition. These sites touch on rules relating to formatting, headings, citing, etc. Keep in mind that there maybe subtle mistake on a website as there are many nuances to the rules in the manual. 

APA Style Essentials (D. Degelman & M. L. Harris)
APA Formatting and Style Guide (The Owl @ Purdue)
APA Research Style Crib Sheet (R. Dewey &  A. Scribe)
APA (6th Edition) (Nova South Eastern University & Broward City. Board of County Commissioners)

Title: APA Citation Style
Description: APA citation style refers to the rules and conventions for documenting sources used in a research paper.  Two elements are necessary to document sources: In-Text Citations and a Reference List. Together these elements identify and credit the sources consulted in the paper and allow others to access or retrieve this material. The following sites relate to one or both components necessary for documenting sources:

In-Text Citations and a Reference List
APA Citation Style (Concordia University Libraries)
APA Citation Style (Cornell Library)

Reference List
APA Reference Style Guide (M. Strahan, Northern Michigan University)
This page
contains examples of how to reference various material (from articles to online sources) in a Reference List. This page has a great section on Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), as they are emphasised in APA 6th Edition. They also have a tutorial to explain Digital Object Identifiers. For a direct link to the tutorial, click here.
The APA Wizard (EB Communications) - Actually builds your reference!

Title: APA Language
Description: The following are web pages addressing the APA 6th Edition's general principles on writing.

APA Stylistics: Basics  and Explanation of Active and Passive (The Owl @ Purdue)
APA Stylistics: Avoiding Bias (The Owl @ Purdue)

Title: APA Formatting 
Description: The following are links to help with formatting:

APA Style Citation Formats - Great YouTube video describing how to format a Word 2007 document in APA 6th Edition style. The video quickly touches on the Abstract, Introduction, In-Text Citations, and how to format the Reference List as well.
Formatting Class Assignments - A video by NOVA for formatting a class assignment in APA 6th Edition style.

APA STYLE 5th Edition

Title: APA Overview
Description: The following is a list of websites that highlight the critical rules of The Publication Manual of the APA 5th Edition.

Psychology with Style (M. Plonsky)
APA Research Style Crib Sheet (R. Dewey &  A. Scribe)

Title: APA Citation Style
Description: The following are pages related to In-Text Citations and the Reference List

In-Text Citations
APA In-Text Citations (D. Hacker)
Tips on Using References (F. Pajares)

Reference List
The Reference List (Douglas College)
Creating an APA Styles Cited List (Colorado State University)
APA List of References
(D. Hacker)
APA Citation Style (B. D. Schwartz Memorial Library)
APA Documentation (The Writing center @ the University of Wisconsin)
Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper (Duke U. Libraries)

Title: APA-Language
Description: The following are web pages addressing the APA 5th Edition general principles on writing.

APA Text Rules (A. Scribe)
Use of the Active Voice and the First Person in APA (K. L. Wuensch)

Title: APA-Tables, Figures, and Stats
Description: The following are web pages outlining specific rules regarding creating  tables and figures and reporting statistics according to the APA 5th Edition.

Formatting Tables & Presenting Figures (A. Scribe)
Presenting Numbers & Statistics in APA Style (A. Scribe)

APA 5th Edition - Handouts

Title: Template and Handouts
Description: If you want to print out some aspects of the APA 5th Edition rules, here are a series of handouts collected from various sources:

Template Word 97-2003 (APA Style Info)
Quick Study 1 (D. Wendth, Jr.)
Quick Study 2 (A. Scribe)
Quick Study 3 (D. Degelman and M. L. Harris)    
Study Guide 1 (The Owl @ Purdue)
Study Guide 2 (A. Scribe)
Study Guide 3 (Lethbridge College)
Sample Paper 1 (J. Kahn)
Sample Paper 2 (University of Washington)
Sample Paper 3 (Ying-Yi Hong)
Headings 1 (A. Klaum & D. Baer, University of Delaware Writing Center)
Bias 1 (F. Pajares, Emory University)
Citing 1 (Kent State Univeristy Libraries)
Citing 2 (St. Francis Xavier University, The Writing Centre)
Citing 3 (St. Francis Xavier University, The Writing Centre)
Citing 4 (Okanagan College Library)
Citing 5 (Dalhousie University Library)
Citing 6 (Cal State University Guide)
Stats 1 (University of Washington, Psychology Writing Center)
Style 1 (Conestoga College, Writing Service)
Style 2 (A. Scribe)
Style 3 (University of Washington, Psychology Writing Center)
Tables 1 (University of Washington, Psychology Writing Center)
Tables & Figures1 (Conestoga College, Writing Service)

Formatting and Citation Programs

Title: Formatting and Citation Programs
Description: These are commercial programs that can be used to help with formatting and citing a paper that follows the APA's 5th and/or 6th Edition rules and regulations.

Citation Machine
Endnote
Scholarword

EazyPaper

   

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