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APA Style Documentation, 7th Edition: What is APA?

Style guide for the new 7th edition published Oct. 2019

New APA 7th Edition Publication Manual

APA Documentation Style


The new 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association was published in October 2019. At this time, some professors and students may be using the former 6th edition. If you are in doubt which edition you must use, please contact your instructor. 

Introducing the New 7th Edition of the Publication Manual; Video by APA

The Publication Manual of the American  Psychological Association

An Association

  • APA - the main scholarly association for academic psychologists in the United States
  • Developed standardized methods for citing print and electronic sources used in research
  • Other disciplines have their own manuals of style. For example:
    • Medicine -  AMA Manual of Style
    • Sociology - American Sociological Association Style Guide
    • Science - Scientific Style and Format

Who Uses APA?

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is consulted not only by psychologists but also by other researchers in the social and behavioral sciences disciplines such as:


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