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APA Citation Style, 7th Edition: APA 6/7 Comparison Guide

APA 6th /7th Comparison Quick Guide

APA 6th edition/ 7th edition Comparison Quick Guide

Created by Carrie Forbes, MLS (forbesc@ecu.edu)/ East Carolina University/ Laupus Health Sciences Library

Topic/Reference

APA 6th

APA 7th

Student Paper Layout

   

Student Paper - Title Page Layout (7th ed., p. 32) 

SAMPLE STUDENT PAPER  (7th ed., p. 61-67)

Not specified (Only professional paper shared)

Components of Title page: 

  • No running head
  • Page number, flush right
  • Paper Title (centered, mid page, double spaced, all below)
  • Paper Author
  • Author Affiliation (or School)
  • Course Name & Number
  • Instructor's Name
  • Due Date

Student Paper 2nd Page & Remainder of Paper Layout

(7th ed., p. 43)

Not specified (Only professional paper shared)

Pages after Title Page: 

  • Abstract (New Page)
  • Text (New Page)
  • References (New Page)
  • (The following are not in ALL papers:)
  • Footnotes
  • Tables
  • Figures
  • Appendices

Fonts Allowed: 

(7th ed., p. 44)

12 pt. Times New Roman
  • 11 pt. Calibri
  • 11 pt. Arial
  • 10 pt. Lucinda sans Unicode
  • 12 pt. Times New Roman
  • 11 pt. Georgia

Mechanics of Style: 

   
At the end of a sentence (7th ed., p. 154) 2 spaces after a period 1 space after a period
Use "double quotation" marks to refer to linguistic examples, instead of using italics (7th ed., p. 157) APA 6th edition did not endorse the use of singular they as a gender neutral pronoun APA 7th edition endorses the use of singular "they" as a gender neutral pronoun

References: 

   

Journal article: 

(6th ed., p. 198)

(7th ed. p. 317)

*The primary difference is the DOI is listed as the complete URL. Shortened DOI links & non-doi links from the publisher site are also accepted. 

*DOI & website links are now allowed to be hyperlinked in assignments that are turned in electronically (APA 7th, p. 299) 

Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24(2), 225-229. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225 Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24(2), 225-229. https://doi.org/10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225

Book: 

(6th ed., p. 202)

(7th ed., p. 297, 321)

*Books may now have DOI's available on the copyright page. If available, add after the publishers name. 

Germer, C. K. (2009). The mindful path to self-compassion: Freeing yourself from destructive thoughts and emotions. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.  Germer, C. K. (2009). The mindful path to self-compassion: Freeing yourself from destructive thoughts and emotions. The Guilford Press.(Add full DOI link if available)

eBook:

(6th ed., p. 203)

(7th ed., p. 322)

*eBooks or books from a database, no longer need to be identified as eBooks, list as you would a print book.

Parker, M. E. (2005). Nursing theories and nursing practice (2nd ed.). [eBook]. Retrieved from Ebscohost.com Parker, M. E. (2005). Nursing theories and nursing practice (2nd ed.). F. A. Davis Company. (Add full DOI link if available)

Chapter in an edited book: 

(6th ed., p. 204)

(7th ed., p. 326)

Orem, D. E. (2005). Part one: Dorothea E. Orem's self-care deficit theory. In M. E. Parker's (Ed.), Nursing theories and nursing practice (2nd ed., pp. 141-159). [eBook]. Retrieved from Ebscohost.com Orem, D. E. (2005). Part one: Dorothea E. Orem's self-care deficit theory. In M. E. Parker's (Ed.), Nursing theories and nursing practice (2nd ed., pp. 141-159). F. A. Davis Company. 

Newspaper article: 

(6th ed., p. 200)

(7th ed. p. 320)

Neeley, O. (2019, November 24). County DSS report shows effective service. The Wilson Times. Retrieved from http://wilsontimes.com/stories/county-dss-report-shows-effective-service,195618 Neeley, O. (2019, November 24). County DSS report shows effective service. The Wilson Timeshttp://wilsontimes.com/stories/county-dss-report-shows-effective-service,195618

Government report: 

(6th ed., p. 205)

(7th ed., p. 329)

United States Government Accountability Office. (2008). Young adults with serious mental illness: Some states and federal agencies are taking steps to address their transition challenges (GAO-09-678). Retrieved from https://www.gao.gov/assets/280/277167.pdf

United States Government Accountability Office. (2008). Young adults with serious mental illness: Some states and federal agencies are taking steps to address their transition challenges (GAO-09-678). https://www.gao.gov/assets/280/277167.pdf

Government webpage:

(6th ed., p. 215)

(7th ed., p. 351)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019, November 25). Chicken and food poisoning. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/chicken.html Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019, November 25). Chicken and food poisoninghttps://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/chicken.html

YouTube:

(6th ed. p. 215)

(7th ed. p. 344)

So Yummy. (2019, August 9). How to decorate pies. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtKNrd-6Pwg So Yummy. (2019, August 9). How to decorate pies. [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtKNrd-6Pwg

General website: 

(6th ed., p. 215)

(7th ed., p. 350)

*Website titles were not capitalized in APA 6th ed., however in 7th the title of the website IS capitalized. Then the publisher or site name is listed as the first part of the source before the full website link. Note that "retrieved from" is also usually not necessary in APA 7. 

Mettler, L. (2018, March 20). Should you wash raw chicken? CDC posts serious reminder about food poisoning. Retrieved from https://www.today.com/food/should-you-rinse-raw-chicken-ina-garten-debunks-cooking-myth-t125376 Mettler, L. (2018, March 20). Should you wash raw chicken? CDC posts serious reminder about food poisoning. Today. https://tinyurl.com/y7zbwbop

References: 

  • American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).  
  • American Psychological Association. (2019). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000  

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