Monday, September 21, 2009

APA Style Guide, 6th ed. - Corrections

A couple more minor revisions have been made to the APA Style Guide.

Pt. 1. FULL TEXT ARTICLE WITH DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIER (DOI)

This time a correction has been made to the "Full Text Article with Digital Object Identifier (DOI)" example. This is example three on page six of the guide.

The authors in the reference page column originally read as:
  • Yu, H., Zhou, Y.-J., Li, G.-X., Zhang, G.-H., Liu, H.-L., Yan, . . . & Tong, G.-Z. (2009).
It now correctly reads as:
  • Yu, H., Zhou, Y.-J., Li, G.-X., Zhang, G.-H., Liu, H.-L., Yan, L.-P., . . . Tong, G.-Z. (2009).
The sixth authors initials were not originally included and the ampersand (&) was not required.

REFERENCE PAGE CITATION:
To recap the display of authors names in the reference list (based on previous example):

1 AUTHOR:
  • Yu, H. (2009).
2-7 AUTHORS:
  • Yu, H., Zhou, Y.-J., Li, G.-X., Zhang, G.-H., Liu, H.-L., Yan, L.-P., & Liao, M. (2009).
  • All authors will be listed in the citation, and the ampersand (&) will be placed between the second last and last authors' names.
8 OR MORE AUTHORS:
  • Yu, H., Zhou, Y.-J., Li, G.-X., Zhang, G.-H., Liu, H.-L., Yan, L.-P., . . . Tong, G.-Z. (2009).
  • If you have eight or more authors: list the first six authors, use an ellipsis (. . .), and then list the last author.
PARENTHETICAL CITATION:
How will these look in-text ? [Paraphrase example.]

1 AUTHOR:
  • . . . (Yu, 2009). OR Yu's (2009) study found . . . .
  • You will use this form every time you reference this work.
2 AUTHORS:
  • . . . (Yu & Zhou, 2009). OR Yu and Zhou's (2009) study found that . . . .
  • You will use this form every time you reference this work.
3-5 AUTHORS:
  • FIRST USE: . . . (Yu, Zhou, & Li, 2009). OR Yu, Zhou, and Li's (2009) study found . . . .
  • SUBSEQUENT REFERENCES: . . . (Yu et al., 2009). OR Yu et al. (2009) found that . . . .
  • If you have 3-5 authors list them all for the first reference, and use et al. after the first author's name in subsequent parenthetical references.
6 OR MORE AUTHORS:
  • . . . (Yu et al., 2009). OR Yu et al. (2009) found that . . . .
  • In this case, you will use the et al. after the first author's surname for each and every case.
For more information on how to provide author (or editor-in-place-of-author) information in the reference list, see section 6.27 (p. 184) of the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association; for parenthetical referencing, see Table 6.1 (p. 177) of the aforementioned work.



Pt. 2. EPISODE FROM A TELEVISION SERIES

Example 2 on page 7 was also corrected. In the "Episode from a Television Series" example, the episode title was incorrectly displayed as: Plato's Stepchildren; it has been amended to the correct: Plato's stepchildren. The program name was also incorrectly displayed as: Star Trek, it too was corrected and now displays: Star trek.



The revised guide has been posted and will carry the designation August 2009 [Rev. B].

For additional modifications made to the style guide, select the "Revisions" tag in the Labels section below.

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