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Many disciplines in the social sciences use APA Style formatting. What is APA Style? It is the formatting style set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. It promotes uniformity and consistency, gets rid of distractions to the reader, and presents visual aids in a clear manner. There have been various editions of the Manual over the years, with the most recent edition, the 7th edition, published October 1, 2019.

Each edition brings updates and new guidelines, so if you’re used to the 6th edition, it is beneficial to still pick up a new version for your reference. In the meantime, we’ve put together some of the new changes to the 7th edition.

What’s new in the 7th Edition?

There are a lot of changes, and for a full detailed list and explanation of the changes, it’s best to pick up the new edition of the Style Manual, which briefly details all of the changes in the Introduction. You can also go to the APA Style website for a more comprehensive guide to the changes. Below are some of the most notable changes:

As you can see, not only are there updated formatting guidelines in the 7th edition, but there’s also a lot of new content for students and professionals doing scholarly writing. All of this makes buying the new edition well worth it, if you can. It’s also worth noting that while the new edition of the Manual might be out, ask your department which formatting guidelines they want right now. If you’re submitting your dissertation or thesis this year, the school might specify that 6th edition formatting is acceptable or required, before they switch over to the new guidelines in the future.

Here at Dissertation Editor, we’re here to help you with formatting issues and ensure that your dissertation, thesis, article, or paper meets the required formatting guidelines. Our editors are up-to-date with the latest style guide editions and are here to assist you. Contact us today to learn more about our range of services.




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