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What’s New in APA Style—Inside the Seventh Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

October 2, 2019

As information services librarians, we are often responsible for instructing our students on how to cite using (usually) either APA or MLA formatting. APA remains fresh in my memory from graduate school as recently as two and a half years ago, so I am curious as to the changes which the seventh edition of the publication manual of the American Psychological Association will bring to the proverbial instruction table. Fortunately, a webinar being held on October 24th by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) will help in unveiling the seventh edition and the newest nips, tucks, and tweaks of APA formatting. More details from the ACRL below:

Date and Time: Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:00 pm
Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)

Duration: 1 hour


The release of the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association ushers in a new era of APA Style. In this session, members of the APA Style team will discuss the seventh edition of the Publication Manual, highlighting key updates in each of the manual’s 12 chapters. The panelists will provide insights into the rationale behind many of the changes and advice for navigating the transition to the seventh edition style. They will also address how students, faculty, and librarians can incorporate APA Style into the classroom and promote the teaching and mastery of the skills of effective scholarly communication.

Used worldwide by students and professionals in psychology, nursing, education, business, engineering, and many other fields, APA Style provides essential guidance for making writing more precise, concise, and inclusive. As the official source for APA Style, the Publication Manual guides writers through all aspects of the scholarly writing process. It is an indispensable tool for all authors to achieve excellence in writing and make an impact with their work. The seventh edition of APA’s bestselling publication reflects advancements in ethical standards, research reporting, use of electronic sources, and accessibility over the past 10 years. It has been expanded to include expert recommendations for writing without bias, student-specific resources, and updated guidance on best practices in scholarly writing, research, citing, and publishing. It also features more than 100 new sample references and more than 40 new sample tables and figures.

Hayley S. Kamin, Chelsea L. Lee, and Timothy L. McAdoo

Hayley S. Kamin, Chelsea L. Lee, and Timothy L. McAdoo are Content Development Managers with the APA Style team of the American Psychological Association. They are members of the team responsible for writing and updating the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Together, the three of them have fielded more than 30,000 questions, written hundreds of blog posts, and spoken to countless people about APA Style. They are passionate about APA Style and excited to pass on their knowledge of effective scholarly communication; citations and references; and ethical, inclusive, and accessible writing.

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