As the semester draws to a close, students may begin to find that they have questions about the intricacies of APA Style®. Some can be easily answered by referring to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, or one of our other style guides, but what about the trickier questions?
APA’s Style Experts are here to help! On www.apastyle.org, you can find a variety of resources, including Frequently Asked Questions and a tutorial on The Basics of APA Style.
You can also visit the APA Style Blog, where Style Experts address some of the most common, and most interesting, questions that they receive from students, librarians, and authors.
You’ll find posts covering how to cite the video of a TED Talk, use of “they” as a pronoun, dealing with DOIs, citing online maps, and more. Just use the search box at the top right to see if a Style Expert has already answered your question.
If not, you can submit your question via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that if you’re on a tight deadline, they may not be able to get back to you in time. If your question is regarding how to cite something that you can’t find an example of, this post can help!
Style Experts also monitor social media for questions and comments. You can find them online at:
Learn more about APA Style® CENTRAL, a suite of services and tools designed to ease the pain points encountered by students, instructors and librarians in teaching, learning, and applying APA Style. APA Style CENTRAL will launch this spring. To learn more and sign up for updates, visit www.apastyle.org/asc
It’s Tutorial Thursday! In this series, we explore APA’s extensive library of video tutorials, available on YouTube. Please feel free to link or embed videos or playlists in library websites or LibGuides, course management systems, or other locations where students, faculty, and researchers will find them.
When we look at the most frequently watched videos on the PsycINFO® YouTube channel, there’s one video that’s always in the top ten most-watched tutorials: “How to Find DOIs in APA PsycINFO.”
The tutorial defines Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) and explores how to find them in PsycINFO on the APA PsycNET, EBSCOhost, Ovid, and ProQuest platforms. It also points out where to look for them on full-text PDFs, and demonstrates CrossRef’s DOI lookup tool.
Since DOIs figure prominently in properly formatted APA Style® references, this video has been linked from our APA Style help resources, and from many library and writing center webpages as well. It’s a popular video that’s been watched more than 89,000 times since it was uploaded in November 2009.
Six years is a long time in the life of a tutorial like this one, and earlier this year we decided it was time to refresh this video. You can find the new version of this tutorial on the PsycINFO YouTube channel, and we’re working to update links on the APA websites.
The old version won’t appear when you visit our YouTube Channel, but we haven’t deleted it, so links to it will still work. We can’t automatically direct users to the updated version, but we’ve edited the video title and description to point users to the new version. If you’ve embedded this tutorial in a webpage and would like to update it, simply follow any link from this post to the new version.
Our next series of PsycINFO® webinars for students and faculty will run on April 13, 14, and 15 from 11 – 11:30 a.m. (EDT). The sessions may be taken separately, but we encourage those who are interested to take all three, and offer them on consecutive days:
We will provide information relevant to all search platforms including APA PsycNET, EBSCOhost, Ovid, and ProQuest. The platform used will be based on the needs of the attendees of each session. For more information on this series, including full descriptions, please visit our website.
These webinars are an ideal way for students to get a refresher on PsycINFO if they have had training earlier in the semester. Please help us spread the word to interested students and faculty!
Electronic Resources & Libraries will be held at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, TX, from April 3-6. Look for representatives from the American Psychological Association in the exhibit hall. Stop by to learn more about APA Style® CENTRAL, an exciting new electronic resource for APA Style that’s currently in development, and get the latest updates about APA Databases.
- Monday, April 4: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Exhibitor Reception begins at 5:00 p.m.)
- Tuesday, April 5: 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
In February 2016, APA added 3 new APA books and 4 landmark titles in psychology to PsycBOOKS®. Past monthly update lists are available online. You can also view a list of sample titles or a full coverage list.
Bibliographic records are available through your PsycBOOKS vendor. You may also download RDA records directly from APA by following the instructions in the APA PsycNET® Administrator Help Menu. Continue reading