This is an introduction to the APA style which is widely used in the social sciences and other fields, such as education, commerce and nursing. It is an author-date style with two key components:
This guide is based on the 6th edition of the APA's style rules which are set out in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. A tutorial for beginners is available at: http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tutorial.aspx
For a general outline of changes from the 5th edition, see: http://www.apastyle.org/manual/whats-new.aspx
For details of the changes, see APA’s tutorial at: http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/brief-guide.aspx
For more information please visit the American Psychological Association website.
Before writing your list of references, check with your tutor or lecturer for the bibliographic style preferred by the School or Department.