APA Resources

Using Direct Quotes in your Dissertation

APA Fact of the Week – Reference List

A key aspect of your dissertation is the reference list.  The reference list includes the sources you consult in the process of researching for your dissertation, which prevents plagiarizing that information and increases your credibility as a researcher.  In order for source information to be clear to your reader, follow the guidelines in the APA

APA Fact of the Week: Slashes

Use slashes sparingly in APA style. Because a slash could easily be replaced with a conjunction, while also increasing clarity, slash use is limited to specific instances (APA6, p. 95). For example, here are the situations in which it is appropriate to use a slash: • to clarify a relationship in which a hyphenated compound

APA Fact of the Week: Capitalization

Some of the capitalization rules in APA can be tricky, so please be aware of what the APA Manual outlines. For example, you must capitalize the titles of books and articles but only in the body of the paper and only the major words. A word under four letters should not be capitalized (APA6, p.

APA Fact of the Week: Figure Captions

A Figure caption is an explanation of the figure that is located below the actual figure and acts as a title. The caption of the figure should include: – Title – Where the figure was adapted from (if applicable) – Author(s) of the figure – Publication date – Additional source information o May need to

APA Fact of the Week: Nouns Followed by Numerals of Letters

APA Style lists various style formats to follow when writing a dissertation, some of which may not seem obvious or necessary. These formatting requirements ensure consistency and bring your writing to a more academic standard. One such example is the use of nouns followed by numerals or letters. APA6 states to, “capitalize nouns followed by

APA Fact of the Week: Citing a Newsletter Article with No Author

Throughout the research process, you may come across a source that lists no author, but still contains relevant information to your study. Instead of using “Anonymous,” identify the reference by the title article. Example Article (APA6, p. 200): Six sites meet for comprehensive anti-gang initiative conference. (2006, November/December). OJJDP News @ a Glance. Retrieved from

APA Fact of the Week: That & Who

APA Fact of the Week: That & Who Use that (or in some instances which) to refer to objects and nonhuman animals. Use who to refer to human beings, including collected groups or categories (students, participants, warriors, etc.).   Example: Correct use of that   The lizards that were used in the first experiment were

APA Fact of the Week: Citing Web Content

Citing web content in the reference list follows a similar format to other references. Basic Format: Author, A. (date). Title of document [Format description]. Retrieved from http://url Ex. Martin, G. R. R. (2015, June 10). Wars, woes, work [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://grrm.livejournal.com/ *A format description is only necessary if the format is unusual