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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bestseller because its required., 8 Oct 2008
This review is from: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Paperback)
Most people aren't crazy about this book but have to buy it because it is required- in other words, people buy this book because they have to use the format and style it discusses in order to write and submit a paper. Other than that, I don't know who else would go out of their way to buy this thing. It's thick and not thumb indexed the best. Other psychological books readers may benefit from include The Sixty-Second Motivator.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for psychology students at uni, 15 Jun 2012
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I am over the moon with this book, not only has it helped me with my punctuation of psychological reports and essays but it has also shown me how to structure them. It is very handy and gives examples of how things should be laid out in any APA Formatted document. The ring-binded copy is welcomed as it made it easier for me to work through all of the different topics in the book, and to flick between A and B; as you may find yourself doing this quite a bit. However, the ringbinding could have been a little sturdier, it sometimes feels that some of the pages may come lose from the bindings, but this is an issue in any binding like this. Regardless, it is a vey nice book and well worth the money!

It is worth considering this book over the newer addition, as I have had the newer one on loan from my Uni Library and it seems to simplify LOADS so its for those who already have an understanding of APA as it misses a lot out - whereas this is an ideal book for the first time student!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A manual for professionals, 5 Jan 2006
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Kurt Messick "FrKurt Messick" (London, SW1) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Paperback)
There are many style manuals available, and many different styles from which to choose (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.). For those who are involved in social science and medical research, often the APA style (American Psychological Association) is a required format, and expected.
This is not my favourite format for several reasons, not the least of which is because the footnote/endnote notations do not include first names of authors (a big minus in my estimation). However, the system is a tried-and-true one, and one that shows little sign of decreasing in popularity among its adherents.
That being said, this manual is not for the basic student or author. It does include sections on grammar and usage, but these are meant to be refreshers or references rather than teaching sections. The part that most people will use, the sections on citations in footnotes, endnotes, and in-line/in-text references, is somewhat inadequate here, as the internet and other forms of media have all expanded beyond the scope of the fifth edition. I find that, when I am forced to put something into the APA framework, I am invariably having to go to the internet rather than my guide (or other guides, such as Diana Hacker) because the reference forms simply aren't there.
My first choice of reference form would be the MLA style; APA is somewhat lacking and somewhat confusing in many cases, but for those who need to follow this format, this is one of the better references available.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must, 18 Mar 2009
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APA Manual is a must if you need to publish in APA style.
Practical manual
Karen
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