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Concise Rules of APA Style (Concise Rules of the American Psychological Association (APA) Style) [Spiral-bound]

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July 15, 2009 143380560X 978-1433805608 6 Spi
TheConcise Rules of APA Style, sixth edition offers essential writing and formatting standards for students, teachers, researchers, and clinicians in the social and behavioral sciences. This easy-to-use pocket guide, compiled from the sixth edition of thePublication Manual of the American Psychological Association, provides complete guidance on the rules of style that are critical for clear communication. Readers will learn how to avoid the grammatical errors most commonly reported by journal editors; how to choose the appropriate format for statistics, figures, and tables; how to credit sources and avoid charges of plagiarism; and how to construct a reference list through a wide variety of examples and sources.

In addition to guidance on grammar points that have challenged writers in the social sciences, theConcise Rulesprovides suggestions for reducing bias in language; reviews the mechanics of style for punctuation, spelling, capitalization, abbreviation, italicization, headings, and quotations; examines the preferred use of numbers as well as standards for metrication and statistics; provides guidance on the construction and formatting of tables, figures, and appendixes; and offers clear examples and models for citing sources and constructing error-free reference lists.

How does theConcise Rulesdiffer from thePublication Manual of the American Psychological Association? ThePublication Manualremains the best source for broad background information about scientific publishing. It provides detailed guidance on publication ethics, journal article reporting standards, and the process of journal publication. TheConcise Rules, by comparison, targets only those rules writers need for choosing the best words and format for their articles. It offers a comprehensive list of essential writing standards in a convenient, easily retrievable format.

Available in a light-weight, spiral-bound format, theConcise Ruleswill travel easily from home to school to office. It will be an invaluable reference tool for all social science scholars who are serious about communicating clearly and effectively.
Key to this edition is an updated and expanded APA Style website, with many additional resources to help readers learn APA style, including free tutorials, on-line courses, frequently asked questions, sample papers, and the APA Style blog.

The sixth edition ofConcise Ruleshas been revised and updated to include
simplified APA heading style to make it more conducive to electronic publication;
updated guidelines for reducing bias in language to reflect current practices and preferences, including a new section on presenting historical language that is inappropriate by present standards;
new guidelines for reporting inferential statistics and a significantly revised table of statistical abbreviations;
a new discussion on the use of online supplemental materials, including lengthy data sets and other media, to enrich the published article;
significantly expanded content on the electronic presentation of data to help readers understand the purpose of each kind of display and choose the best match for communicating the results of the investigation, with new examples for a variety of data displays, including electrophysiological and biological data;
an expanded discussion of electronic sources, emphasizing the role of the digital object identifier (DOI) as a reliable way to locate information; and
a wealth of new reference examples, with a focus on new electronic formats.

New and experienced readers alike will find the sixth edition a complete resource for writing with clarity and precision.

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Product Details

  • Series: Concise Rules of the American Psychological Association (APA) Style
  • Spiral-bound: 280 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 6 Spi edition (July 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143380560X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433805608
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lacking November 5, 2010
This book is great for someone who is familiar with APA, but if you are just learning, I would look for another book as this one can be difficult to navigate and lacks any visual examples.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware. 1st printing 'minor' typos October 29, 2010
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According to the APA website, the 1st printing of the Concise Rules has 'minor' typos. I have just gone through a tedious process, over about 3 hours, noting corrections for 'minor' typos in the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition, first printing. I ordered the Concise Rules but will return in to the sender, if it is a 1st printing. The APA web site states that the main errors are in the sample papers, in the Manual, and that the other errors are minor. There are multiple minor errors that are very tedious to deal with.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better to buy the APA Publication Manual August 5, 2010
By Carla
I found this completely useless for writing papers and had to buy the APA Publication Manual. This is coming from a new graduate student who was trying to learn to write APA style. If that is your purpose for buying this manual, stick with the blue APA Publication Manual. I could find no use for this condensed version and it never had information that was relevant to writing my papers correctly.

I did think the size and spiral binding was kind of handy, if only the information inside was useful.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can find APA info more easily on the internet December 30, 2010
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You are better off using univeristy-based APA style guides on the web. I own this book and have barely cracked it, as it is much easier to find the individual entry types on the web.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love my spiral-bound APA pocket guide April 5, 2012
By N.S.
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
There are several reasons I love this reference guide:
1. It is spiral-bound, so I can leave it open at any page i wish without worrying it will close.
2. It is small and fits in my laprop case.
3. It literally lists every possible type of citation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise is right January 24, 2011
Although this book is a handy tool to have, it can be confusing as a guide. I really thought I would be getting more citation examples than offered. I was hoping for an in depth citation example for each type of source, and although I got numerous citation examples, I still felt the book was somewhat lacking. I should have purchased the more complete guide, but if you are looking for a handy quick reference tool, then this is great deal. I just didn't realize at the time of purchase. It also includes instructions on grammar and writing style as well as table headings and more. So from that aspect, I'm very satisfied. I would have rated this 5 stars, but I just didn't realize what I was buying. It is a good quick reference tool though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars APA Manual July 2, 2013
By Abby
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This was a required book for one of my college classes. I have used several older versions of this manual, but this is the most recent version. In my opinion, this version is less clearly organized than older versions. While the information you need can be found, it can take more time than I think it should because of the way the book is put together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More manageable October 26, 2009
By Fiona
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Concise rules of APA style is more manageable in a physical sense, than the entire APA Publication Manual. It is also probably just as useful for most people, as the bigger more expensive Publication Manual. Speedy service from Amazon and good value - for all the Australian online shoppers out there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 11 days ago by T.W.
2.0 out of 5 stars No way!
There are other books out there that is much informative than this book. I did not like it and it did not give you all the information to help you to understand the rules of APA.
Published 29 days ago by Alright with Mom but not son
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book answered all my questions and had clear examples. Good to go! I liked this book and will recommend it to others.
Published 29 days ago by Avacal
4.0 out of 5 stars Conscise rules
This book is easy to carry around and use. I am surprised how much I use all of the APA books. I am working on my Doctorate degree and this style of writing is what is required. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lee A. Bard
3.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
The book was recommended for my class. It was very interesting and I enjoy the book and I am able to recommended to friends and family. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for College Papers
This is a concise, quick reference guide when writing APA styles papers for college. I still have the full publication manual, too, but this version is easy to carry to and from... Read more
Published 5 months ago by iLikeBigBooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Cannot say I love this style of writing, but.....
it was a required textbook for the college I am attending. It is
a very good book, despite the difficulty in learning. Read more
Published 5 months ago by KC/Northern CA
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal!
I ordered this book because I'm a psychology major and write a lot of papers that have to be APA style. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lucky
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to carry
Nice size. Easy to carry. Spiral binding allows book to lie flat. APA style book published by the APA. A direct from the source style book.
Published 6 months ago by Therese M. Mendez
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor reference guide!
This manual should be a concise clear reference but it is not! Most students reference Pudue Owl website which is organized with greater clarity . Definitely not worth the money!
Published 6 months ago by Ann E. Williams
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