Many of these Academic Writer tutorials and quick guides are being made freely available to support students and instructors during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will remain on this site through July 1, 2020. The Basics of Seventh Edition APA Style tutorial will stay on the site for free after that date.


These tutorials and quick guides were adapted from Academic Writer®, APA’s tool for teaching and learning effective writing. Academic Writer is intended for use by instructors with their students in courses that require papers to be written in APA Style. For information on or questions about Academic Writer, please visit the APA Digital Learning website.

Find more information on seventh edition APA Style in Academic Writer, the Publication Manual (7th ed.), and the Style and Grammar Guidelines section of the APA Style website.

Basics of APA Style

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Creating References Using Seventh Edition APA Style

The seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association streamlines and simplifies the process of creating references.

In this webinar, members of the APA Style team provide an in-depth look at the simplified reference system, describing the rationale behind it, how to format references using it, and why references are easier because of it.

The panelists answer one of the most frequent questions: how to cite a work found online. They also use real-life examples to walk through creating references for works with missing information; found via a database; needing DOIs, URLs, and retrieval dates; and more.

Navigating the Transition to Seventh Edition APA Style

The release of the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association ushers in a new era of APA Style.

In this webinar, members of the APA Style team discuss the seventh edition of the Publication Manual, highlighting key updates in each of the manual’s 12 chapters.

The panelists provide insights into the rationale behind many of the changes and advice for navigating the transition to seventh edition style. They also address how students, faculty, and librarians can incorporate APA Style into the classroom and promote the teaching and mastery of the skills of effective scholarly communication.