In 2020, the American Psychological Association’s (APA) style experts released the seventh edition (7e) of the APA Publication Manual. A condensed, student-focused version, the APA Student Guide, published by Lethbridge College, is available as a free download here and in print for a low cost from the Bookstore. This document is Lethbridge College’s primary source for APA Style guidelines. Below is a list of additional resources for learning or adapting to APA 7e.
For more explanation and examples, check out Ch. 1 in the APA Student Guide, which is a 3-page quick guide to APA Style for students. We highly recommend new students to read it before starting any assignment requiring APA Style.
Sample papers are a great way to see how APA Style works. Chapter 2 in the APA Student Guide is a basic sample paper with annotations. And here’s a more detailed annotated sample by the folks at APA Style.
In this video, Dr. Forlenza goes over how to set up and format a student APA paper. There are links to time stamps and a transcript in the video description. Captions are available in the video settings.
For more explanation and examples, check out Ch. 4 in the APA Guide.
If you’d like even more detail, the APA Style folks published a webinar, Step-By-Step Guide for APA Style Student Papers, and a Student Paper Setup Guide.
In this video, Dr. Forlenza goes over how to do in-text citations and avoid plagiarism in a student APA paper. There are links to time stamps and a transcript in the video description. Captions are available in the video settings.
For more explanation and examples, check out Ch. 5 in the APA Guide.
If you’d like even more detail, the APA Style folks published a webinar: Citing Works in Text Using Seventh Edition APA Style.
In this video, Dr. Forlenza goes over how to make a reference page for a student APA paper. In the video description, there are links to time stamps, the example document from the video, and a transcript. Captions are available in the video settings.
For more explanation and examples, check out Ch. 6 in the APA Guide.
If you’d like even more detail, the APA Style folks published a webinar, Creating References Using Seventh Edition APA Style, a guide to common reference examples, and a page devoted to different types of sources.
A new version of our Adapted Guidelines for Citing Figures is scheduled to be published for theWinter 2020 semester. For now, we recommend using the figure guidelines on pp. 18-19 of the APA Student Guide for the basics and consulting the Learning Café or the current guide if more assistance is needed.
Scribbr published a webpage and a video on the major changes.
The University of Aukland published this comparison chart [pdf].
Dr. Forlenza made a good comparison video that shows 6e on the left and 7e on the right. However, Dr. Forlenza goes over both student and professional papers. If you are a student, you can ignore anything said about professional papers.
For even more detail, the APA Style folks have a video, What’s New in APA Style, and a guide.
If you are a student, you have the following options for accessing help from the Learning Café’s academic strategists:
- If your course has an Embedded Strategist, contact them to ask a question.
- Attend an APA workshop. The workshop schedule can be found here and registered for by clicking the “Register for [month] workshops” button on this page. If you don’t see the workshop you want, email the Learning Café and we’ll help you get what you need or set up an appointment with an APA specialist.
- Book an appointment with an Academic Strategist. Appointments can be held through MS Teams (video, audio or chat) or by phone.
- Submit an assignment draft to the Writing Dropbox a minimum of 3 business days before your deadline. We only recommend this if you’ve made a strong attempt to learn APA on your own and want to know whether you’ve applied it correctly. This is not a good format to learn APA from scratch. The Writing Dropbox always checks for APA basics, but if you want us to check something specific (E.g. “I don’t know if I cited the YWCA website correctly”), please include your question in the submission form or the draft assignment.
If you are an instructor with assignments requiring APA Style, we offer the following supports:
- APA workshops presented to classes. APA workshops are typically one or two 50-minute sessions and cover the most-used/important APA information. However, we would be happy to work with you to customize topics and timing to suit your class’s needs. Please contact the Learning Café at least 2 weeks prior to the due date of your first major writing assignment to schedule your class presentation and provide necessary details. As of the writing of this text, all workshops will be conducted through MS Teams or Zoom. Sessions can be recorded or not recorded based on instructor preference.
- APA workshops presented to faculty/staff. We recently started initiating professional development workshops for faculty/staff who’d like to learn more about APA or APA 7e. These can be formatted as a presentation or a discussion and be requested by contacting the Learning Café or your professional development coordinator.
- Embedded Academic Strategist. A Learning Café Academic Strategist hosts a discussion board in your Canvas course. If your course has written assignments, we recommend asking for a writing strategist. This is a relatively new service and we’re open to instructor suggestions, but so far, discussion boards with bi-weekly posts and occasional video workshops have proven effective. We recommend embedding a strategist at the beginning of the semester, but we will consider requests later in the semester if strategists are available.
Please contact the Learning Café to request these services.