Answered By: Ann Breitenwischer
Last Updated: Feb 27, 2020     Views: 8

Introduction of the APA style (7th ed. 2020) is an exciting new development, and this edition is designed for much easier use than the 6th (2010).  Changes are somewhat minimal.

Use the APA style (7th ed. 2020) website for details. https://apastyle.apa.org/

The style blog on the same site updates the manual so it becomes the original source for newest information. https://apastyle.apa.org/blog/

Reference Exampleshttps://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/references/examples

Includes helpful hints such as source with or without DOI

Alternative options -

While the highly regarded Purdue OWL has changed their pages to the 7th, the user can click in each section to reach similar information found in the 6th (2010). 

APA Formatting and Style Guide - https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html

Use the left menu for helpful features -

"Changes in the 7th ed"

"General APA FAQs" such as citing Genealogy resources

Tip:  Watch article databases, citation generators, videos (tutorials) and websites carefully for dates as their owners are in the process of updating or haven't even started.

As always, if you are unsure, be sure check with your professor. The course syllabus is another place to look. Important! Some professors prefer to continue working with the 6th edition for the current semester. 

Spring semester 2020 is a transition period for moving from the 6th to the 7th edition.  By Fall 2020, the 7th should be the norm, i.e., everyone should be using it.