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Changes in APA 7th edition

by Mark McKnight on 2020-02-11T11:14:00-06:00 | Comments

APA 7th edition is here. Trying to digest the changes that were made to APA can be a daunting task, never fear though Cornette Library is here to help. Here is a list of several of the biggest changes made with APA 7.

Reference List

When citing a book in a reference list, the Publisher location is no longer included.

You must include surnames and initials for up to 20 authors. In APA 6th edition you only had to include up to 7.

DOI’s are now formatted the same as URLs and you no longer need to use the label DOI.

URLs are no longer preceded by “retrieved from,” unless a retrieval date is needed. The website name is included (unless it’s the same as the author), and web page title are now italicized.

When citing an e-book you don’t have to include the format, platform, or device (e.g. Kindle) anymore. The publisher is included.

Paper Format

The In-text citation for works with three or more authors is now shortened right from the first citation. Only include the first author’s name and “et al.”.

You now have several options regarding which fonts you can use. Acceptable fonts include: Calibri 11, Ariel 11, Lucida Sans Unicode 10, Times New Roman 12, and Georgia 11.

The running head is omitted in student papers (unless your instructor tells you otherwise.).

Use only one space after a period at the end of a sentence.

Use double quotation marks instead of italics to refer to linguistic examples.


These are just some of the bigger changes that were introduced with APA 7th edition. If you have any questions about these or any of the changes that occurred in APA 7th edition feel free to stop by Cornette Library and we will be happy to answer any questions you have. We have several copies of the APA 7th edition manual for you to reference if needed. Finally, all of the changes are outlined in this video.

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