The official manual of the American Psychological Association is used for research in linguistics; human, behavioral, social, and political sciences; education; computer science and information management; business and management; and environmental and physical sciences.
Abstract and Keywords Guide describes how to write an abstract and keywords for a paper, which are not typically required for student papers. Hence, students should consult their instructor or institution to determine whether to include an abstract and/or keywords.
The Basics of APA Style, a video tutorial available at the APA website, is designed for those who have no previous knowledge of APA Style. It shows users how to structure and format their work, recommends ways to reduce bias in language, identifies how to avoid charges of plagiarism, shows how to cite references in text, and provides selected reference examples.
APA Formatting and Style Guide, available online from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue, provides guidelines and examples for formatting a paper and for citing sources in APA style.