Some programs have included the APA 6e Guide as one of its textbooks, but many other programs have yet to provide a textbook for APA.

In an ongoing series, Jule Kind, Director of Off Campus Library Services (OCLS), shares the first of two posts about the APA 6e Guide.  OCLS functions within Jackson Library to provide a variety of research tools for onsite and online students in the College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS).

APA_6e_GuideOCLS developed and is continuing to expand the APA 6e Guide. It is a PDF document that is downloadable from the OCLS APA Resource page.

Our goal in creating it was to provide examples and discussion of the basic use of APA, giving examples of the more commonly used sources for students, including some that are specific to IWU databases (e.g. Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage) and resources (CourseSmart e-textbooks). It discusses in-text citations, general paper formatting, examples for reference entries, word processing tips for Word, and a sample paper that actually continues to give tips for using APA as a student.

Easy to Update

Because of its format, it is relatively easy to update, add new content and new examples. We have made a lot of changes and additions based on comments by faculty. Please feel free to send additional comments our way to [email protected]

Although there are a lot of good—and not so good—resources for APA out on the Internet, it helps students and provides consistency when they are directed to the APA 6e Guide. When they are directed to an online source at another university for one course and then directed to another APA resource at another school, students get confused. Direct them to the APA 6e Guide, which gives them something they can download.  If you do not find something you feel should be included, let me know!

There’s nothing worse than the feeling of being lost or confused, especially in unknown territory.  The APA 6e Guide is a great tool and resource to use for this very purpose.  It will help “guide” them along a path of academic transcendence!

Question:  What  feedback - positive or negative - is given by your students regarding the APA 6e Guide?  Please leave a comment below.

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