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APA Style (6th ed.)

Learn more about the APA Style (6th ed.) rules

1. Welcome

This guide focuses on the style rules of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) that was published in 2010. If you are looking for information on the 7th edition rules, please visit APA Style (7th ed).

In this guide, you can expect to learn more about:

  1. A general overview of the basics of the APA Style (6th ed.) rules
  2. Formatting
  3. Quoting and paraphrasing
  4. Citing resources
  5. Referencing resources

There's a lot of information in this guide, and we have even more information available in WriteAnswers! If you don't find the answers to your questions in this guide, try searching WriteAnswers by keyword and/or look through the topics on WriteAnswer's home page. We've added lots of FAQs on the APA Style rules, so it's very likely you'll find the information you need!

Introduction to APA Style (6th ed.)

This video will provide you with an introduction to the APA Style (6th ed.) rules. The video will start automatically in browsers where autoplay of audio is enabled. If the video doesn't immediately begin, click the pause button and then click play. While the video is playing, click "Outline" to navigate through the presentation or "Notes" to see the transcript.

If you would like to return to specific sections of the video, please see below:

  1. Introduction (2:43)
  2. Formatting (3:04)
  3. Quoting and Paraphrasing (2:11)
  4. In-text Citations (6:01)
  5. Personal Communication (3:08)
  6. Secondary Source Citations (1:47)
  7. References (11:33)
  8. Conclusion (citation resources, provide feedback on the presentation, and contact the Writing Centre; 1:57)

Click on Introduction to APA Style PowerPoint if you would like the slides from the video; the transcript is available via the slide notes. 

APA Style (6th ed.) Help Guide

The APA Style (6th ed.) Help Guide is a document you can download and read if you prefer reading to viewing a video. The document is formatted to the APA Style rules, so it also serves to provide examples of formatting. The only deviations from the APA Style rules are the document is set to 1.5 line spacing to make it less expensive to print, and the title page doesn't display a page number, which reflects an academic convention. replace the APA Style manual

Please note that this resource does not replace the APA Style manual; rather, it is intended to provide a general introduction to the 6th edition APA Style rules. The comprehensive source for APA Style (6th ed.) information remains the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.