APA Writing Style


Students in the Child and Family Development Department are required to be familiar with the research process and APA writing style.

APA Manual

Image: Front cover of blue APA Manual with words"Sixth Edition Publication Manual of the American Psycholgical Association"We encourage all students to purchase the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

APA Tutorial

In addition, we require students to complete the APA tutorial. This tutorial contains information on the basic rules of APA writing style, as well as the format and structure of research papers.  After the completion of the APA tutorial, students will be able to:

  • Identify the sections of a research manuscript
  • Format research documents according to APA writing style
  • Punctuate manuscripts for course assignments and research according to APA guidelines
  • Identify the various resources used to support research manuscripts

The APA tutorial will take approximately 1 hour to complete. There are multiple sections in the tutorial. Some of the sections include sample papers and examples and of the content presented. Students will need to be familiar with the information provided in all sections.

Purdue OWL APA Guide

Link to the Purdue OWL APA Guide.