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Overview

An ideal tool for students who are writing research papers across the disciplines, the POCKET GUIDE TO APA STYLE, 6th Edition offers straightforward explanations, annotated examples, and margin notes designed to help students write properly documented papers in the latest APA style. Thorough and practical, this concise guide is less expensive and easier for undergraduates to use than the APA Manual, and also includes additional information about the research writing process. The sixth edition presents extensive and up-to-date coverage of electronic sources, preparing students to evaluate and use Internet references correctly in their research.

Robert Perrin, Indiana State University

Robert Perrin (Ph.D., University of Illinois -- Champaign/Urbana) is Chairperson of the Department of English at Indiana State University; he previously served as Director of Writing Programs for 17 years. He has won the university's Caleb Mills Award for distinguished teaching and the Theodore Dreiser Award for distinguished research, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Professor award. He has published numerous articles on composition and teaching as well as seven textbooks and research guides, including THE BEACON HANDBOOK (six editions) and HANDBOOK FOR COLLEGE RESEARCH (four editions).
  • NEW guidelines help students appropriately incorporate footnotes into their manuscripts.
  • NEW guidance and samples prepare students to properly cite online sources, including blogs, discussion groups, Twitter, and Facebook.
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  • EASY ACCESS: Concise and straightforward, the POCKET GUIDE TO APA STYLE covers topics in short chapters that keep all discussions of an issue within a single section, making it easy to look for and find information quickly. Chapters 4 through 8 include guidelines for documenting 59 kinds of sources, with 120 sample reference-list entries. These samples are followed by corresponding in-text citations.
  • TWO SAMPLE APA-STYLE PAPERS, one argumentative and one experimental, are annotated to give students extra support as they master the elements of manuscript preparation and documentation principles.
  • AN INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER, "WRITING SCHOLARLY PAPERS," reviews basic research methods, reminding students of what they already know (or should know) before they begin assimilating new material.
  • TO HELP STUDENTS UNDERSTAND AND AVOID PLAGIARISM, the author includes examples of incorrect documentation, as well as corrections that illustrate proper documentation of the source material.
  • APPENDICES: The book includes two appendices, one that describes effective ways to prepare PowerPoint® and poster presentations, and one that covers the essential technical issues writers encounter across the disciplines.
Preface.
1. WRITING SCHOLARLY PAPERS.
Subject and Topic. Thesis Statements, Hypotheses, or Stated Objectives. Research Goals. Research Methods. Evaluating Sources. Note-Taking. Plagiarism. Planning. Writing Strategies.
2. PREPARING APA MANUSCRIPTS.
Parts of the Manuscript. Footnotes. General Manuscript Guidelines.
3. FOLLOWING APA EDITORIAL STYLE.
Punctuation and Mechanics. General Style. Word Choice.
4. PREPARING THE REFERENCE LIST AND IN-TEXT CITATIONS.
The Reference List -- An Overview. Information for APA Entries. Format for APA Entries. Alphabetizing the Reference List. In-Text Citations. Quotations.
5. CITING PERIODICALS.
An Article in a Journal With Continuous Paging. An Article in a Journal With Separate Paging. An Abstract. An Article in a Monthly Magazine. An Article in a Weekly Magazine. An Article in a Newspaper. An Article in a Newsletter. An Editorial. A Letter to the Editor. A Review. A Secondary Source.
6. CITING BOOKS AND OTHER SEPARATELY PUBLISHED MATERIALS.
A Book by One Author. A Book by Two or More Authors. A Book With No Author Named. A Book With an Organization as Author. An Edition Other Than the First. An Edited Collection. An Original Selection in an Edited Collection. A Previously Published Selection in an Edited Collection. A Revised or Enlarged Edition. A Reprinted Book. A Multivolume Work. An Article in an Encyclopedia or Other Reference Work. A Work in a Series. A Translation. A Government Document -- Committee, Commission, Department. A Preface, Introduction, Foreword, Epilogue, or Afterword. A Monograph. A Pamphlet or Brochure. An Unpublished Dissertation. Published Proceedings From a Conference. Multiple Works by the Same Author. A Secondary Source.
7. CITING AUDIOVISUAL SOURCES.
A Motion Picture. A Slide Set or Filmstrip. A Television Broadcast. A Radio Broadcast. A Recording. An Interview. A Transcript. A Lecture or Speech. A Work of Art. A Map, Graph, Table, or Chart.
8. CITING ELECTRONIC SOURCES.
An Article in an Online Journal. An Article in an Online Magazine. An Article in an Online Newspaper. An Article in an Online Newsletter. An Online Book. An Online Dissertation or Thesis. An Online Abstract. An Article in an Online Encyclopedia or Other Reference Work. A Professional Website, Information Database, or Scholarly Project. An Online Transcript of a Lecture or Speech. An Online Map, Graph, Table, or Chart. A CD-ROM Source. An E-Mail Interview. An Online Video Podcast. An Online Audio Podcast. An Online Posting -- Blog, Discussion Group, Twitter, or Facebook.
9. EXAMINING SAMPLE PAPERS.
"Beyond Birth Order: Recognizing Other Variables." "Students'' Reactions to Kinds of Test Questions: A Piece in the Test-Anxiety Puzzle".
Appendix A. PREPARING POWERPOINT AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS.
Preparing a PowerPoint Presentation. Preparing a Poster Presentation.
Appendix B. ADDRESSING TECHNICAL ISSUES IN WRITING.
Fragments. Comma Splices and Fused Sentences. Pronoun Reference. Pronoun Case. Positioning Modifiers. Active and Passive Voice. Possessives and Contractions. Outlining.
Index.
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"Clear, easy to navigate, and extremely informative."

"A comprehensive guide that will take the guess work out of working with APA style writers. For non-English majors this guide is extremely helpful when teaching a course centered around a major thesis paper. This guide is a must for all adjuncts and working professional students."

"POCKET GUIDE TO APA STYLE is an invaluable student asset. Not only does it offer the student assistance on the technical aspects of applying APA Style, it is written in such a way as to improve your students' written, oral, and visual presentation skills. I recommend that all of my students have one and keep it within reach at all times."

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