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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association [Hardcover]

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July 2001 1557987904 978-1557987907 5 Sub
In addition to providing guidance on grammar, the mechanics of writing, and APA style, this manual offers an authoritative reference and citation system. It also covers the treatment of numbers, metrication, statistical and mathematical data, tables and figures for use in writing, reports or presentations. This new edition has been updated to include: guidelines and examples for referencing electronic and online sources; avoiding plagiarism; presenting case studies and the construction of tables; copyright and permissions issues for writers; and reference examples for audiovisual media and patents. Writers, scholars and professionals will also find guidelines on how to choose text, tables or figures to present data, writing cover letters, the retention of raw data and on establishing written agreements for the use of shared data.

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  • Series: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn; 5 Sub edition (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557987904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557987907
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5th Edition APA Publication Manual October 17, 2002
Even though there are only a few changes to the 5th edition, I would recommend getting it. It is too confusing to use an older edition especially if you are pressed for time or have never used this type of manual before.
Also I recommend marking your book with tabs such as in the "Reference Citations in Text" section or the "Reference List" chapter. Marking the book with tabs helped me find my way to the information that I needed over and over again. I've tended to use the same type of references throughout my graduate courses.
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248 of 294 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unhelpful Guide about an Unenlightening Style May 6, 2004
Like some of the other reviewers, I am in a program of advanced study in which APA is the "accepted" style of citation for scholarly research. As we can see, APA is an absolutely dreadful citation style, especially with its prohibition of footnotes, leading to incomprehensible paragraphs in which your prose is murdered by names and dates in parentheses. The lack of required page numbers in your citations also allows you, if you're so inclined, to transform your references into all sorts of unsupported speculation and conjecture, and no reader will be able to prove or disprove what you're saying. I realize that arguing about the merits of APA style is not the same as reviewing the merits of this book. But the weaknesses in the core citation style are so prevalent that it would be impossible to create a book of this nature with any sort of usefulness.
Now let's get to the trouble with this particular book. First, it is unnecessarily humungous, trying to beef up the very thin body of APA citation requirements (which by the way can be found for free all over the internet) with hugely unenlightening chapters on basic writing style and methods. Infinitely better guides on how to actually write and conduct research can be easily found elsewhere. Even when you do want to find instructions on the core requirements of APA citation style, this is an annoyingly difficult task in this atrociously organized and indexed book. A thin and under-compiled index sends you to hard-to-find section numbers rather than page numbers. And finally there is the practice of this book's publishers to promote a "new edition" which is merely the same as before with a couple of new entries, sold with a new cover and of course a new full price.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Small changes, big headaches October 14, 2001
As an ABD-PhD candidate who's required to use APA format (and halfway through a dissertation using APA 4th edition), the small changes in this latest edition do little to add clarity and readability to a manuscript, but much to frustrate: Underlining references has been replaced with italics; after utilizing first-line indents in a Reference list (easier for a word processor) we've now gone back to second-line hanging indents; and none of these changes are clearly discussed in a "Revisions in the 5th Edition" chapter, you need to find them on your own in each chapter. I appreciate the updated guide for citing electronic resources, but the remainder seems to be aimed at "buy yet-another version" rather than major improvements and substantive changes. Maddening! If you're required to use it, you're stuck. Otherwise, keep the old 4th edition.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Difficult, But Necessary September 16, 2003
Out of all the stylebooks I have had occasion to use as a professional editor, I have found this one to be the most difficult to follow and understand--the most difficult to master.
I am not a psychologist, but I am a professional medical editor, and I feel sorry for those who must follow this style when writing theses, articles, book chapters, and other items for publication. In addition, I find some of the APA's requirements (particularly in the references, which have their own unique style quite unlike most others) incomprehensible.
That having been said, this book is a must for those who want to be published by the APA, and those who are editing for same. Once it has been read many times, and key passages put to memory, it is not as hard to understand--but it shouldn't be so hard. The section on figures and tables, however, is a truly excellent primer, for any professional writer, not just those in the health care professions.
My grade: C plus.
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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Here we go again! February 18, 2002
By debvh
Here we go again... more minor changes to APA style! The hanging indent is back, we don't have to type long lists of author names anymore, and we can now use parentheses (woo-hoo!).
If you need to prepare manuscripts in APA style and don't have a previous edition of the manual, then you need this book. Though it remains relatively user-unfriendly, it is nonetheless the bible of manuscript preparation.
If you already have the fourth edition... determine how many of the changes in the fifth edition apply to your work. If you mostly write "plain vanilla" research reports and your reference lists mostly consist of ordinary journal articles, you may be able to get by with some handwritten notes in the margins of your old book.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiral-Bound Wonder July 1, 2003
When I originally purchased the current edition, I bought it in a regular binding and immediately regretted it upon first use. This spiral bound edition allows it to lay flat so that when you are trying to confirm the style, you don't have to lay two other books on top of it to make it work. BUY THIS EDITION IF YOU HAVE TO USE APA.
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Published 6 days ago by JK
4.0 out of 5 stars Book came packaged nicely and on time
Book came packaged nicely and on time. Very helpful when writing papers in APA format, and very easy to find what you are looking for in regards to using the index. Read more
Published 14 days ago by FNPstudent
4.0 out of 5 stars This Manual Is Wonderful!
I just love this manual and it helps me to better understand how to write and communicate in psychological studies. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Rosetta
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed for School
I needed this book for nursing classes that I will be taking and the price was great and the book was shipped as requested. Must have book for nursing school.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Keen
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this for school, it's all free on the web!
This was the stupidest purchase I have made in my graduate school time. It was my first quarter and the syllabus said it was required so I bought it. I never open it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Casey
3.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for class
Purchased this for a class. Served the purpose and the material tied to my subject. This was not 'pleasure' reading!
Published 3 months ago by Susan Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Needed for class in research. Good book with good info related to introduction of research. Good book to hold on to for later.
Published 3 months ago by Kera T.
1.0 out of 5 stars ???
I have not purchased this book either. Hopefully no one has gotten my payment information and is using it to purchase this book. Amazon states their web payment site is secure.
Published 6 months ago by "J"
4.0 out of 5 stars APA 5 and 6 good pair
This book is helpful when used with current 6th edition provides examples.Must for a visual person,like myself. Glad I bought it...
Published 7 months ago by Jamie
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