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Mastering APA Style: Student's Workbook and Training Guide
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2010
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The book was good but not great. Amazon did a great job of delivering the material, but the book wasn't what I though it would be. I am currently in my third graduate program. I like most of the student I know would like a book that is easy to navigate and find answers in. Both the mastering style and the APA 6th edition leave a lot to be desired.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2011
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I had just started to an online college that requires APA Style, and I had never written anything in APA before. Even with all of the online help, I prefer the written book. It has helped me to understand APA very well. It goes along with the APA manual, and I could not live without it. I would suggest anyone who has to write papers in the APA style to purchase the manual and the workbook. They are an invaluable tool for college.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2014
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I have a Masters Degree in Psychology and am currently a Doctoral Candidate in Special Education, so the fact that all my papers are required to be in APA format is not a problem to me. I was required, however, to purchase this book for my next course, and I must say that it is a perfect adjunct to the APA Manual. Every so often, I will forget a piece of necessary information that might seem insignificant, but is of importance. In this book, I can easily look up the particular item that I've forgotten/blanked on momentarily, or on which I just want to refresh my understanding, and find what I want in the Table of Contents. There is, unfortunately, no index so one must find the topic in the Contents section. I am not too thrilled about that but for the fact that the Contents section is fairly detailed. What I really like about this book, however, is that it gives examples of correct and incorrect usages, and the information that is being corrected is highlighted in gray. The book gives two sets of examples on one sentence, or form; one is called the draft version which is always the incorrect form, and the other is called the feedback version which is the corrected form. This goes into everything from correct comma usage to not showing bias in writing, so there are many important subjects that are covered. There are also tests which give not only the answer key, but also the exact APA code that governs the correct answer. This is especially helpful. The only thing I find confusing is a personal matter, and that is that I teach high school students who have learning disabilities and I teach them MLA formatting. The two styles do differ, and I tend, on occasion, to make the error of using MLA when I need to use APA in my own reports. Nothing huge such as formatting the References section wrong, but the occasional difference of whether to use Italics or quotation marks--well I guess that could be a big error. This workbook will, I believe, cement the APA format firmly into my mind. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who must employ proper APA styling. BTW, I bought the spiral bound version, a bit worried about the quality of the paper and whether it would easily tear, but my fears are unfounded. The paper is of good enough quality that I don't believe this will be a problem. I do wish it came in a hard cover version, always my first choice in a book to which I may be referring in the future.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2010
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I'm an instructor and needed exam questions, so this book is perfect for this. I don't think it is as good for learning APA but probably would be good to use along with the manual.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2009
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I really wanted some help with APA. While this workbook would be beneficial if I had a lot of extra time on my hands to actually go through it, it did not help me very much at all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
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This book is the best way to learn APA format writing style. It answered questions I didn't even know I should ask. This book gives examples that are relevant and tells you which area of the APA Manual you would use to get the information. I loved this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2013
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The student workbook is not worth the money, is confusing, and really doesn't assist anyone with writing or understanding APA style.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I hate APA! I must have this book to do it. I can't understand why they make up all these stupid rules and regulations. You have to own a copy of this book to graduate in most mental health colleges.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2013
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This book was hard for me to follow.
I'm a full time student and have to follow APA guidelines for ALL my writing.

I thought this book would be a step by step guide, but it's really not, at least to me.

It's a little too technical for me. I think I need more of a beginner's book...

needless to say this book did NOT help me learn APA style. I've been able to learn APA style through my University far easier than through this book.

And this book is also NOT a workbook....at least to me. I guess in some respects it can be labeled a workbook, but it really gives more examples of the right and wrong ways of writing APA.

It thought it would have blank pages and lines available for me to write my own things in the book, but it doesn't:(
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2012
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This book is quite disappointing. This book is a student workbook with exercises. It would be fantastic if you are studying a whole unit at university in APA. It is not a useful guide when you are trying to finish an assignment, late at night and wanting to get the APA style correct or just check one or two details.
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