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A Guide to APA Style: Introducing APA

This guide will introduce you to the basics of APA Style, and will point you to additional tools that will help you master this style.

The APA Style Manual

  Both the O'Neill Library and The Social Work Library has several copies of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 

A Video Introduction

The GSSW's own Professor Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich worked with the Social Work Library staff on a 20-minute video introduction to APA Style.

A Word About Plagiarism

Following citation style rules helps protect you from unintentionally plagiarizing someone else's work. To learn more about plagiarism, please see Boston College's website on academic integrity.

What is APA Style?

APA Style is a standardized format for writing that has been established by the American Psychological Association. It is generally used by students and scholars working within a behavioral science discipline.

Keep in mind that APA Style refers to:

  • the format & structure of your paper.
  • how you cite other authors within the body of your paper.
  • how you compile a references page at the end of your paper.

Bookmark These Websites

We highly recommend that you bookmark these sites so that you can refer to them when you are writing your paper.

New! APA Style Guide to Electronic References

Subject Guide

Hannah Ha
Hannah Ha
Head Librarian
Social Work Library
Lower ground floor, McGuinn Hall
Boston College
Subjects:Social Work