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An EasyGuide to APA Style

An EasyGuide to APA Style

Fourth Edition

September 2020 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This clear and concise book demystifies the process of writing in APA style and format.

Fully updated with content from the Seventh Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, An EasyGuide to APA Style, Fourth Edition identifies common APA style and formatting mistakes, how to avoid them, and helps students become better writers and communicators of psychological science. Written in a conversational style to make the task of learning how to write more enjoyable, this guide helps students navigate the maze of rules in the APA Publication Manual and become proficient in learning the fine points of APA style. Providing detailed examples and complete sample student papers that conform to APA format, the authors illustrate not only how to write using APA style, but also what writing in APA style really looks like when papers are complete.

Section I. Overview
Chapter 1: APA Style Versus Format: Why It Matters to Your Audience and Why It Should Matter to You
Chapter 2: Your Visual Table of Contents Quick Finder
Section II. Writing With (APA) Style: Big-Picture Items
Chapter 3: General Writing Tips Specific to APA Style: General Bare-Bones Fundamentals
Chapter 4: A Quick Grammar Summary for APA–Style Writing
Chapter 5: Plagiarism and How to Avoid It: Thou Shalt Not Steal (or Be Lazy)
Chapter 6: Avoiding Biased Language
Section III. Writing With (APA) Style: Getting Down to Business
Chapter 7: Writing Your Introduction: Tying the Story All Together
Chapter 8: Citing Sources in Text: Whodunit (or Said It)?
Chapter 9: A Step-by-Step Playbook of Your Method: How, What, When, Who, and Where?
Chapter 10: Writing About Statistics and Associated Fun: How Did It All Turn Out?
Chapter 11: Writing Your Discussion: It’s a Wrap
Chapter 12: Everybody Needs References
Section IV. Presenting Your Work in APA Format
Chapter 13: The Numbers Game: How to Write Numbers (and When the Rules Change)
Chapter 14: Formatting: Organizing, Headings, and Making Your Work Look Good to Print
Chapter 15: Table That Motion: The Special Challenges of Tables and Figures
Chapter 16: Make Microsoft Word 2016 Work for You: APA Formatting
Section V. Some Nitty-Gritty Details
Chapter 17: Making a List, No Apps Required: Enumeration and Seriation
Chapter 18: Abbreviations, Signs, Symbols, and Punctuation: The Details Can Matter: Emoji This!
Section VI. In Closing: Important Considerations
Chapter 19: Using Rubrics: Knowing What It Means to Write a Good Paper
Chapter 20: Proofreading the Entire Paper: Get It Right!
Chapter 21: Complete Sample of an Experimental (Research) Student Paper: Samples, Anyone?
Chapter 22: How to Avoid the Most Common Mistakes: All Together Now
Appendix A. Error List for Chapter 20
Appendix B. APA Style and Format Checklist
Key features
  • Interprets and translates the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual, helping students understand what is important, what to concentrate on, and how to use tools such as Microsoft Word to achieve psychological literacy.
  • Includes updated scholarship, and new and relevant examples for today's students.
  • Two new sample student papers serve as writing models.


  • A convenient lay-flat spine allows students to work on a paper while referencing the guide either in conjunction with the
  • APA Publication Manual or in place of it.
  • Screenshots of Microsoft Word help students utilize the various functions of this tool for their papers.
  • A chapter devoted to writing a Results section helps clarify confusion about correct formatting.
  • A chapter on common mistakes and a checklist at the end helps readers use APA guidelines correctly.
  • Sample student papers with QuickFinder bubbles point out APA style and formatting.

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ISBN: 9781544323725