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    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.

    (Source: American Psychological Association)

    APA is typically used in behavioral and social sciences and business courses:

    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Social Work
    • History
    • Communication
    • Nursing
    Please note, this list is not inclusive, always check with your instructor regarding which citation style you should use for your course. 

    APA and Office 365

    As a GC student, you have access to Microsoft Office 365 online through the Whitecaps Portal sign in with your GC ID and password. 

    Once logged into Whitecaps, select Office 365, then select the Word app. 

    When Word online opens, you will see a variety of template choices, select the "APA Style Paper Template". 

    The APA Style Paper Template is ready to use, simply enter your information to get started. 

    Remember, APA requires special headers. Click on the "INSERT" tab and then choose "HEADERS". 


    The Basics of APA Style: Tutorial

    This free, online tutorial provided by the American Psychological Association, is designed for those who have no previous knowledge of APA Style®. It shows users how to structure and format their work, recommends ways to reduce bias in language, identifies how to avoid charges of plagiarism, shows how to cite references in text, and provides selected reference examples.


    Purdue Owl APA: The Basics-Video


    For additional resources about formatting your paper in APA, please visit the Purdue Owl Writing Lab APA Formatting and Style Guide page

    Sample Paper:

    Style Guides

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    Online Style Guides

    • APA Style Help
      • Looking for help with APA Style? The American Psychological Association as many helpful resources to assist you with APA. 
    • APA Style Workshop from the Purdue Online Writing Lab
      • The OWL Workshop on APA Style will introduce you to important aspects of using the American Psychological Association (APA) Style to write and format research papers. 
    • APA General Formatting and Styling Guide from the Purdue Online Writing Lab

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