APA 7th Edition Support from ASC Writing Tutoring and the Drake Memorial Library: The College at Brockport

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APA 7th Edition Support from ASC Writing Tutoring and the Drake Memorial Library

Changes to the 7th edition include distinct guidelines for student writers, comprehensive examples for online sources, a full chapter on bias-free language and inclusivity, and more.

Have you seen the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association? ASC Writing Tutoring and The Drake Memorial Library are here to support students and faculty as they explore the updated guidelines. Big changes to the 7th edition include distinct guidelines for student writers, comprehensive examples for online sources, a full chapter on bias-free language and inclusivity, and a few surprises like these:

• Student writers may now omit the running head on the title page.

• Titles of papers are now boldface on both the title page and the first body page.

• The abbreviation “et al.” is used after the first name of works with 3 or more authors, starting with the first in-text citation.

• Examples for parenthetical and narrative citation formats are conveniently provided with each reference list example.

• Location of publication of books is omitted in the reference list.

• DOI’s are listed in URL format in the reference list.

Support

During this transition time, ASC Writing Tutoring and Drake Memorial Library will continue to support students who are using either the 6th or the 7th edition.

• Writing Tutors

Writing tutors can meet one-on-one with students to help them learn APA basics. They have a handy Frequently Used Page Guide designed to help students “break-in” their books. Students may schedule appointments with writing tutors through EagleSUCCESS.

• Reference Librarians

Students can meet with librarians, email, or talk to them on the phone. Visit their website linked below.

• APA Style Online Guide

The APA Online Style guide offers comprehensive support for faculty and students, including extensive examples and the APA Style Blog. Access it using the link below.

Suggestions for Faculty

Meet with your departments to discuss changes to the 7th edition and clarify expectations for students. Consider adopting a departmental standard that supports learning objectives, best practices, and writing conventions for your discipline. Communicate expectations to students in a standard blurb or handout included in course syllabi. Share any materials you develop as a department with ASC Writing Tutoring and Drake Memorial Library. Be flexible as students transition from the 6th to the 7th edition or as they use APA for the first time. Finally, be sure to emphasize other aspects of good writing such as critical thinking, evaluating and synthesizing sources, and developing arguments logically so that students do not simply equate good writing with following rules. Please reach out to either of our offices to let us know about your department’s preferences, and we will support students accordingly!

Links:

Contact:

Elisabeth Gonzalez: emeyer@brockport.edu or Jennifer Kegler: jkegler@brockport.edu

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