APA: Web, Books, Workshops…

APA Resources

For a lot of newcomers to Bank Street, APA style is new. The goal of this post is to point out all the resources there are for mastering APA on the web, in the library, and where to go if you learn best with people.

The Web

Look for Citation Tools to help you create reference lists and bibliographies. Some of these tools require more work to learn, but are well worth the pain, e.g., Zotero a firefox add-on and Mendeley.

Others are quick and easy like Citation Machine and bibme, they’re great if you have physical items close at hand. KnightCite is good for multimedia materials and communication (interviews, broadcasts). While others are on the web and offer free basic editions with options to upgrade, such as OttoBib.

Also check online for APA Style Guides produced by Bank Street staff, and other academic institutions. The Harvard Graduate School of Education APA Exposed presentation is a favorite and very thorough.

Databases

Something Library News explored way back in December 2009 Reference Lists: The Quick Easy and Way was how databases can help with citations. Next time you’re browsing a database keep your eyes peeled for links that say cite, cite this, cite/export, or look like little pieces of yellow paper. Some databases do a better job than others but most require that you do some tweaking of the citation. The good thing is that they do most of the work for you.

Books

There’s a bunch of them in the library. The latest in from the American Psychological Association is the 6th edition:

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

A great call# for those who like to hit the stacks and browse for all things APA is 808.027 A512.

Workshops

We’ve already had one workshop this semester but we have two more. Open your calendars and pencil in a date:

  • Tuesday, October 18, 3:45 – 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, October 20, 3:45 – 4:30 pm

A Writer’s Handbook

This very useful booklet pretty much answers most questions people have about APA.

Writer's Handbook

But, if you’re still scratching your head swing by the reference desk and chat with a librarian.

Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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