Here are a few common mistakes that either students or citation generators make.
Spelling out author's name
Capitalize all words in the article title
Incomplete page numbers
Incorrect capitalization for journal titles
Journal Of Speech
journal of athletic training
Uncapitalization after a colon
Doe, John. (2019). Doe a Deer, a Female Deer: a Deer Life, Journal Of Animals, (25)3, 55.
Doe, J. (2019). Doe a deer, a female deer: A deer life, Journal of Animals, (25)3, 55-85.
Use this chart to learn about the changes from APA 6th to APA 7th edition.
|Old Way (6th Edition)||New Way (7th Edition)|
|Running head for the title page differs from the running head for subsequent pages.|
|A pronoun should reflect the same number as the noun it replaces.||Use of singular "
Two spaces after a period that ends a sentence is acceptable.
|Use one space after a period, unless otherwise directed (p. 154).|
|Unregulated areas in capitalization for some proper nouns, science, and medical terms.||There
|The first in-text citation mentions up to five authors.||
The first in-text citation of a work by
|The reference section lists seven authors of a single work.||The reference section lists up to 20 authors for a single work (
|Book references included the publisher's location.||Book references omit the publisher's location (p. 295).|
|Font specifications: Times New Roman, 12-point
||More flexible font specifications (p. 44).|
|URLs preceded by
||It is no longer necessary to include "Retrieved from" before a URL
|Lengthy URLS not addressed.||When a DOI or URL is long or complex, a
|A brief section describing types of articles (empirical studies, literature reviews, methodological articles, etc.).||Detailed descriptions of types of articles and papers (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, meta-analyses, etc.)
|Limited examples of online source types.||Many examples of online sources, including podcasts, various report types, mobile apps, TED talks, webinars, etc. (chapter 10).|
|One sample paper provided.||Sample professional paper (
|Brief section of guidelines on reducing bias.||Entire chapter dedicated to bias-free language guidelines (
Adapted from Ursuline College APA 7th edition LibGuide.
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