This training gives an overview of the changes in the APA Publication Manual 6th Edition in comparison with the 5th Edition. It notes changes chapter by chapter and reviews the mechanics of style. The training focuses on references and citations giving instruction and examples for most main kinds of resources, but giving particular attention to electronic sources, including the newest of sources such as tweets and wikis.
Type of Material:
As a quick reference for anyone wanting to know changes in the newest version of the Style Manual or how to cite common sources in the latest edition.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To learn how to cite with the new rules for the APA style. Understand chapter revisions for the 6th edition of the APA Style Manual. Become aware of key guidelines of APA Style. Learn how to format electronic and less common sources.
Target Student Population:
Undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Introductory knowledge of citation basics
Very succinct and clear examples, noting main differences between versions. Well designed interface that is easy to read and navigate. Excellent extended explanation on difficult, yet important concepts of digital object identifiers (DOIs) and uncommon sources.
Images often lacked resolution making them difficult to read. Some of the book and journal examples in a reference list were confusing. In the book list, why was one URL prefaced with “Available from” while others had “Retrieved from”? Why did most citations provide a URL, but another simply said “Retrieved from Goldstar database”? In the journals, some examples showed issue numbers separated from the volume numbers with a slash (14/2). Others had a period (14.1). Two examples were for the same journal article: one with no authors, one with authors. A separate example should have been chosen for the no author work.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Identifies objectives and prerequisite knowledge. Very efficient and could be used in a variety of ways. Tutorial could be used effectively in upper level classes, where students are already familiar with APA Style, to show the main changes between the 5th and 6th editions. It is helpful as a quick reference on how to format key sources, especially electronic sources.
Although examples are shown, the tutorial doesn’t provide any explanation for citing traditional print sources in a reference list. As a result, it lacks some depth needed to be a complete reference source.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Very easy to follow. Visually appealing. Good links, high interactivity. Clean and clear design. Nice, clear layout and great interactivity. Graphics are appropriate and not distracting. Explanation is succinct and covers the main points. Navigation is easy.
Search feature wasn’t very effective, e.g., a search on video (or videos) didn’t return any results even though there was an example in the tutorial.
Other Issues and Comments:
Very timely and very informative.
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