Writing tip: Using the APA Style Blog
If you're using the style rules of the American Psychological Association's (APA) (2010) Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.), I hope you're already familiar with the many resources that are available to you in the APA (6th ed.) section of the Writing Centre website, as well as the searchable WriteAnswers. In this tip, I thought I'd draw your attention to the extensive APA-related information that is available to you via the APA Style Blog. The APA Style Blog RSS feed in the APA section of the Writing Centre website provides links to some of the most recent postings:
However, that RSS feed is a smidgen of information compared to what's available in the full blog. Thanks to postings from experts, the APA Style Blog has a huge range of information that complements and/or augments what is provided in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. For example, the manual doesn't mention social media; however, on the blog, you'll find "How to Cite Social Media in APA Style", which gives instructions for citing Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Some of my favourite postings are:
- "Best of the APA Style Blog: 2013 Edition"
- "Alligators and Academia: The Importance of Primary and Secondary Sources"
- "How Do You Cite an E-Book (e.g., Kindle Book)"
- "When to Include the Year in Citations Appearing More Than Once in a Paragraph"
- "How to Cite Part of a Work"
You can search the APA Style Blog by keyword, browse through categories, as well as see recent postings on the blog. You can also learn about new postings via the blog's Twitter.
No matter how obscure your APA question might be, it's likely that you'll find the information you need to answer it in the APA Style Blog, and that's what makes it one of my favourite resources.
Writing Centre Coordinator