What is APA style and how can students use it to be successful in their writing?

Learning how to use APA style for references and citations provides a benefit to any student


During Fall Quarter 2011, we are offering APA Seminars as part of our “Seminars for Student Success” program. The APA Seminars take place on Wednesdays (5:00-5:45 PM) through week 5 of the quarter, which means that if you have missed the first two, you are still able to attend seminars 3-5.

Many students wonder what exactly APA is and how it should be applied to university level writing. Here is some basic information about what APA style is taken from www.apastyle.org.

What is APA?

APA Style® originated in 1929, when a group of psychologists, anthropologists, and business managers convened and sought to establish a simple set of procedures, or style rules, that would codify the many components of scientific writing to increase the ease of reading comprehension.

As with other editorial styles, APA Style consists of rules or guidelines that a publisher observes to ensure clear and consistent presentation of written material. It concerns uniform use of such elements as:

  • selection of headings, tone, and length;
  • punctuation and abbreviations;
  • presentation of numbers and statistics;
  • construction of tables and figures,
  • citation of references; and
  • many other elements that are a part of a manuscript.

To learn more about APA style and how it applies to your studies, please join us for the three APA seminars remaining this quarter. The topics covered include references and citations, which are very important components to successful use of APA as a student.

If you have questions about the seminars, please contact Heather Bessard at hbessard@globeuniversity.edu.