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Pocket Guide to APA Style, 4th Edition

  • Robert Perrin Indiana State University
  • ISBN-10: 0495912638  |  ISBN-13: 9780495912637
  • 176 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2009, 2007
  • © 2012 | Published
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An ideal tool for students writing research papers across the disciplines, the POCKET GUIDE TO APA STYLE, 4th 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 not only less expensive and easier for undergraduates to use than the APA Manual, it also includes additional information about the research-writing process. In this updated edition, students will also find extensive coverage of electronic sources, preparing them to both evaluate and correctly use Internet references in their own research. The 4th Edition incorporates all essential changes reflected in the sixth edition of the “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association“ (2009).

Features and Benefits

  • 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 when needed. Chapters are efficiently organized according to different kinds of sources--periodicals (Chapter 5), books and other separately published materials (Chapter 6), audiovisual materials (Chapter 7), and electronic sources (Chapter 8).
  • TWO SAMPLE APA-STYLE PAPERS--one argumentative and one experimental--are carefully annotated to give students extra support as they master the elements of manuscript preparation and documentation principles.
  • A USEFUL INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER, “WRITING SCHOLARLY PAPERS,“ reviews common procedures and practices of basic research methods, reminding students of what they already know before they begin assimilating new material.
  • TO HELP STUDENTS AVOID AND UNDERSTAND PLAGIARISM, the author includes examples of incorrect documentation, as well as corrections that illustrate the correct documentation of the source material.
  • VISUAL AIDS, including tables and charts throughout, help students review chapter content.

Table of Contents

Subject and Topic. Thesis Statements, Hypotheses, or Stated Objectives. Research Goals. Research Methods. Evaluating Sources. Note-Taking. Plagiarism. Planning. Writing Strategies.
Parts of the Manuscript. General Manuscript Guidelines.
Punctuation and Mechanics. General Style. Word Choice.
The Reference List--An Overview. Information for APA Entries. Format for APA Entries. Alphabetizing the Reference List. In-Text Citations. Quotations.
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. An Abstract From Dissertation Abstracts International. A Secondary Source.
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.
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.
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. 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 or Discussion Group.
Argumentative Paper: “Beyond Birth Order: Recognizing Other Variables“ (Elissa Allen). Experimental Paper: “Students’ Reactions to Kinds of Test Questions: A Piece in the Test-Anxiety Puzzle“ (Gabriel Stevenson).
Poster Presentations.
Features of Poster Presentations.
Suggestions for Poster Presentations.

What's New

  • CURRENT THROUGHOUT. This edition is updated to incorporate all essential changes reflected in the corrected sixth edition of the
  • EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF ELECTRONIC SOURCES. The fourth edition features extensive, updated information to help students use and evaluate Internet references in their research. Chapter 1 includes expanded discussions of periodical databases and online catalogs.
  • NEW AND EXPANDED MATERIAL. Highly technical aspects of the APA style--including word spacing, seriation, dashes, and hyphenation--are carefully presented to enhance students‘ understanding.
  • UPDATED EXAMPES. More than 140 reference entries with corresponding in-text citations offer a wealth of models.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Robert Perrin

Robert Perrin (Ph.D., University of Illinois--Champaign/Urbana) is currently Chairperson of the Department of English at Indiana State University, after serving as Director of Writing Programs for seventeen 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 and has published seven textbooks and research guides, including The Beacon Handbook (six editions) and Handbook for College Research (three editions).