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APA Style

Information on the American Psychological Association style

7th edition of APA Publication Manual Coming October 2019

The seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association will be released in October 2019. During the transition period, though, faculty may continue to use the 6th edition.

For more information about APA Style, 7th ed., check out the APA Style website:

Help with APA Citation (6th ed.)

Short Video on APA Citation (6th ed.)

APA Citation Guides in the Library

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

Since 2000 there has been an effort to assign everything that exists in the digital world such as online articles with a unique number called a Digital Object Identifier or a DOI.  The DOI is unique, permanent, and persistent. It remains the same despite changes in URL's or permanent removal from the Internet.

In APA and AMA styles, use the DOI in citations whenever possible. If no DOI is present, try the free DOI lookup from CrossRef. For more information, watch the short video, Citing an article with a DOI and without a DOI (University of Maryland University College). If you have questions, Webster students, faculty and staff should contact the Webster U. Library Reference Department (info in the Help box).

Citation Generators

These websites will assist you in building citations for your bibliographies. Always check your citations against a style manual to make sure they are correct.

Mendeley Citation Manager

Mendeley is a reference/citation manager with web-based, desktop, and mobile versions. You can sync your library across different devices. Any Webster University user who creates a free Mendeley account using your Webster email address gets:

  • 100 GB of personal library space
  • 100 GB of shared library space
  • Create unlimited number of groups with up to 100 members each

Visit the Writing Center

The Writing Center takes appointments both in person and online and writing coaches will:

  • Read your paper.
  • Ask questions about the assignment and your paper.
  • Comment on global issues (focus, development, organization, logic, clarity).
  • Help you determine where you might tighten and polish your prose.
  • Discuss documentation and citation conventions.
  • Point out patterns of mechanical and grammatical problems and provide suggestions.