- Paperback: 439 pages
- Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 5th edition (January 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557987912
- ISBN-13: 978-1557987914
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (425 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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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This book was extremely helpful... I would have lost without it...Published 27 days ago by Triple A Scents
This version is outdated, but I still used this book to get through graduate school, it helped me tremendously and the concepts in this STILL helped me write my Master's thesis. Read morePublished 3 months ago by HE
It was used and I wasn't expecting for it to be in too great of shape, but it arrived in nearly perfection condition. It will be super useful for my bachelor's and masters degrees!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Has a lot of good information to help you write papers and do your references correctlyPublished 4 months ago by Krista Dee
Great service, but wrong book, I totally forgot APA rules changed in the next edition, kind of the purpose of the book right? Read morePublished 5 months ago by cc