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The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is widely used in behavioral and social sciences. Make sure to check your class syllabus or ask your instructor if you should use the 6th edition (2010) or the 7th edition (2019) for your assignments.


Borrow the Manual

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Copies of the Manual (6th or 7th edition) can be borrowed from the National University Library. If you live outside of San Diego, you can request that a copy be delivered to your home address or nearest campus using our Books Direct service.

  • See if a copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition) is available here.
  • See if a copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) is available here.

APA Academic Writer

Academic Writer logo Academic Writer is the APA's own online resource for APA style. Once you've logged in, you can:

  • Click the LEARN tab to search the Manual and a collection of tutorials, download sample papers, or see example citations for hundreds of source types.
  • Click the REFERENCE tab to build and manage your own list of references in APA style.
  • Click the WRITE tab to write your paper using an APA style template, and invite your teammates to help.

Click here to get started! Academic Writer will be updated for the 7th edition in late summer 2020.

Suggested Websites

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NU Library Handouts

The Library and Writing Center have created the following handouts to help NU students use APA style:

  • Download a copy of our APA 7th Edition Changes Handout handout here.
  • Download a copy of our APA Reference Guide (6th edition) handout here.

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