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 a clear and consistent presentation of written material. It concerns uniform use of such elements as:
APA is typically used in behavioral and social sciences and business courses:
This tutorial has been adapted from the tutorial featured in Academic Writer, APA's tool for teaching and learning effective writing.
By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to understand and implement the following basic elements of APA Style: