Thursday, December 14, 2006

APA style explained.

When editors or teachers ask you to write in “APA Writing Style,” they do not mean writing style.

They are referring to the editorial style that many of the social and behavioral sciences have adopted to present written material in the field.

APA Writing Style is a standard of procedures that must be followed when writing research based articles and papers related to the anthropological, social and behavioral sciences. In 1929 the American Psychological Association (APA) initiated the use of a specific format to reference works used within the article to substantiate or solidify the points made.

The APA Writing Style has been used ever since, with several revisions and expansions made along the way. After the first seven pages set of “Instructions” was published in 1929, and it wasn’t until 1952 that another sixty pages was added to the Publication Manual. Four more edited versions of the manual have been released since then, and great changes have occurred in technology and the world of publishing.

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