Exhibits Update: International Writing Centers Association Conference


The International Writing Centers Association Conference will be held at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, CO, from October 13-16, 2016.

If representatives from your campus writing center are attending, please encourage them to visit the American Psychological Association table. Representatives from APA will be available to demonstrate APA Style CENTRAL®, our new resource for learning, teaching, and writing in APA Style®.



Now Available! APA Style CENTRAL

By now, you may have heard about the newest member of the APA Style® family: APA Style CENTRAL®.

APA Style CENTRAL is an authoritative resource developed by our Style Experts. It is a suite of services and tools designed to ease the pain points encountered by students, instructors and librarians in teaching, learning, and writing in APA Style.

A screenshot of the APA Style CENTRAL homepage APA Style CENTRAL incorporates learning objects, such as video tutorials and sample references, which instructors and librarians can use to support student learning anytime, anywhere. It contains a variety of tools geared at helping students learn about, and manage, the process of conducting research. These include a collection of APA reference books on quantitative and qualitative research, and a feature that takes the user, step by step, through the process of developing and scoping a research question.

screenshot of A brief video tutorial, called a Quick Guide, on creating a blog post reference.

A brief video tutorial, called a Quick Guide, on creating a blog post reference.


Students and other users can easily save and create properly formatted APA Style references, and then use them to write a paper in the online editor. The online editor handles paper formatting (such as the margins and running head), and makes inserting in-text references a snap.

Users will find contextual help and cues embedded throughout APA Style CENTRAL, including links back to related video tutorials, and excerpts from the 6th edition of the Publication Manual.

Screenshot of contextual h elp available to users writing a paper.

An example of the contextual help available to users writing a paper. Here we see some information on working with appendices, as well as links to a Quick Guide and the Publication Manual.


APA Style CENTRAL launched today! Free trials are now available. For more information, please visit the APA Style CENTRAL website. You can request a quote or a trial by contacting us at apastylecentral@apa.org.

Webinar Alert: APA Style CENTRAL Online Introductions

Laptop displaying APA Style CENTRAL homepageHave you heard about APA Style CENTRAL®? It’s the newest member of the APA Style® family, and will be officially launching next week!

APA’s training specialists have developed a one-hour introductory session for librarians. This webinar includes a content overview and a live demonstration of features. (Please note that additional training on administrative features, as well as training geared toward students and other users, will be available after launch.)

Sessions start on Tuesday, July 12 (all times are Eastern). Click on any session below to register:

For more information, and to see the full schedule through September, visit the APA Style CENTRAL webinars page.

Find the Answers to Your APA Style Questions

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.

Screenshot of the APA Style Blog

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 styleexpert@apastyle.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:

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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


Tutorial Thursday: How to Find DOIs in APA PsycINFO

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.”

Screenshot of How to Find DOIs in APA PsycINFO tutorial.

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.

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