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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association [Hardcover]

American Psychological Association
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August 1994 1557982430 978-1557982438 4th
This fourth edition of the "Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association" offers updated information in four key areas: reporting statistics; writing without bias; preparing manuscripts with a word processor for electronic production; and publishing research in accordance with ethical principles of scientific publishing. Two goals shape the changes throughout the fourth edition: to encourage authors (a) to write about their research with specificity and (b) to write about their participants with sensitivity and accuracy. Regular users should find the chapters on editorial style and manuscript preparation a little easier to use than previous editions. Manuscript format requirements are more flexible and enable authors to take advantage of default settings on most word processors.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn; 4th edition (August 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557982430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557982438
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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95 of 110 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The APA Style and Format Scavenger Hunt March 20, 1998
By A Customer
Problem: You are a student or professional of the Social Sciences; you must write research papers. You are required to follow APA style and format for your writings. Action: You acquire the APA "bible," its Publication Manual, 4h edition. Problem: You now search for answers to your APA style and format questions. You scavenge for hours. Action: You know that the information you need is all there, but where? You experience the Psychological Rite of Passage known as the "Twilight Zone of Altered States of Reference Logic." Problem: The Manual is not intuitive. Solution: Develop your own cognitive cues and frames to make sense of the book's layout. Even though I was familiar with its third edition, I still used lots of post-it stick-em things temporarliy attached to sections. And then get on with it.
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
First things first. This is "THE" APA Manual. You will be using this if you are writing any academic papers in the social sciences - period. Like most manuals of style, it is extremely insightful in many ways, and just as idiosyncratic in others. Oh, and it is not an easy read. *Get over it!* If you are opening this book for the first time anytime within 90 days of your due date, you've got bigger problems, trust me!
The 4th edition is somewhat changed from the 3rd edition, and the 5th edition is little changed from the 4th, so the economist in me says that it pays to buy the less expensive and just as useful 4th edition.
In conclusion, this is actually a useful book, though it is less than optimally organized and not exactly a page-turner. Still, if you are in the social sciences, you have to use it, and use it you will. Get past all the "my gawd, I can't believe how fast 5 years flew by, I'm out of extensions and all of a sudden my paper is due" frustrations. Get a copy, learn how to use it and use it well - just like you've done with a million other less than user-friendly, yet essential references.
Good luck!
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75 of 88 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Software Help Available November 9, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback offers software compatible with MS Word V6 that automates the formatting of APA papers. The Manual is still handy to have, but the software, FormatEase, saves a lot of time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still needed and still valued. December 10, 1998
By A Customer
The fourth edition of the APA *Manual* is, despite some of the flaws others have noted, very useful to those studying or working within the social sciences. While our current breed of word processing programs have indeed been a great benefit to academic writers, we cannot forget the orgins of academic writing linger from long before the computer age. This book offers a complete and varied guide to how to write for a field of disciplines. I would compare it to the *American Medical Association's Style Manual* as I also use this reference quite often in that both books truly offer a great deal of information that is useful in science-related writing. We are lucky to have something that is this complete.
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This product was in perfect condition (not a mark on it and the pages were not bent in the slightest). I saved more than fifty percent for the exact same product. It is also the only item I ordered that arrived BEFORE the time stated. I'm a little worried though that the previous owner never studied:( LOL...Thank you
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not user friendly! February 20, 2007
The third edition of the APA manual was easier to use. The fourth edition was awful? This fifth edition is only slightly improved. I do not know why anyone thinks the APA format is the way to go. If this terrible format is going to continue, I hope someone at Microsoft invents an APA checker to go with Microsoft Word.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I thought January 4, 2013
By vonbora
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I thought this was the most updated version of the manual and it was not. My fault for not doing my research.
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1.0 out of 5 stars outmoded October 9, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an outmoded version of the times. Not a very good book for any counseling student or anyone heading towards licensure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great value!
The book arrived in perfect condition soon after the order was placed. All was as promised....The book ias a great addition to my reference library and I could not beat this price... Read more
Published on May 11, 2009 by Elizabeth Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Pub manual
This order came within a few days and was wrapped very securely in waterproof packaging. I was very impressed at the care that went into sending this to me!Many thanks!
Published on May 10, 2009 by Victoria Fawcett Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have
It is a must have reference if one wants to get a good grade on papers. Is it easy to read?- No. But I find nothing easy about school. It is a comprehensive manual.
Published on April 26, 2009 by Valentina
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfied with service!
Item came promptly with no problems. Very satisfied with the condition of the manual. This was exactly what I needed and much less expensive (which is great for a college student... Read more
Published on March 20, 2009 by C. Rizzo
5.0 out of 5 stars APA study manual
This was really good--it got to me in time and was in great condition! Thank you!
Published on February 18, 2009 by Nicole Slifcak
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference Book
Good refernce for writing papers in APA or MLA format. The book is easy to read and easy to browse through to find specific guidelines.
Published on January 25, 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than nothing.
Coming from a literature background, I was used to the MLA handbook. I find the MLA handbook more comprehensive and explanitory than the APA Manual. Read more
Published on June 17, 2001 by Rachael Doss Muldrow
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have
admittedly enough, there are flaws and it isn't the easiest read or as user friendly as it could be. Read more
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