Summary of the Most Critical Information in the APA Manual

The following is only a guide, not an all-inclusive index of the information you will need to produce your papers in APA format. Included are the sections (from the 6th edition, second printing) that are most relevant to each topic.

TOPIC
EXAMPLES
DISCUSSION and TYPING
Title Page p. 41 Sec. 2.01-2.03 (pp. 23-25)
Abstract p. 41 Sec. 2.04 (pp. 25-27)
Body of Paper: pp. 42-49, 54-56, 57-59 Sec. 2.0
Introduction
pp. 42-44 Sec. 2.05 (pp. 27-28)
Method
pp. 44-46 Sec. 2.06 (pp. 29-32)
Results
pp. 46-47 Sec. 2.07 (pp. 32-35)
Discussion
pp. 47-49 Sec. 2.08 (pp. 35-36)
References:    
Purpose of
  Sec. 2.11 (p. 37)
In text
pp. 42-44, 48-49, 54-57 Sec. 6.11-6.21 (pp. 174-179)
Quotations
pp. 172-173 Sec. 6.03-6.10 (pp. 170-173)
In reference list
pp. 49-51, 59, 202-215) Sec. 6.22-6.30 (pp. 180-187, 202-215)
Electronic Sources & Locator Info (DOI)
pp. 198-202 Sec. 6.31-6.32 (pp.187-192, 198-202)
Tables pp. 52, 129-132, 135-140, 142-149 Sec. 5.01-5.05, 5.07-5.18(pp. 125-127, 128-141)
Figures & Figure Caption Page pp. 53, 152-160, 163-164, 166 Sec. 5.01-5.05, 5.20--5.29 (pp. 125-127, 150-167)
Ways to Organize pp. 44-45, 54-56 Sec. 3.01-3.04 (pp. 61-66)
General Typing Instructions (Preparing the Manuscript for Submission)   Sec. 8.03 (pp. 228-231)
Avoiding Bias pp. 71-73 Sec. 3.12- 3.16 (pp. 70-76)
Abbreviations   Sec. 4.22-4.30 (pp. 106-111)
Writing Style:   Sec. 3.05- 3.11(pp. 65-70)
Tone
  Sec. 3.07 (pp. 66-67)
Smoothness of Expression
  Sec. 3.06 (pp.65-66)
Economy of Expression
  Sec. 3.08 (pp. 67-68)
Precision & Clarity
  Sec. 3.09 (pp. 68-70)
Strategies for Improving
  Sec. 3.11 (p. 70)
Grammar and Usage   Sec. 3.18- 4.21 (pp.77-106)