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What is APA @ Conestoga?

Introduction and Acknowledgment

This website is based on the American Psychological Association (APA) style manual.  We have adapted APA 6th edition to better suit the needs of the students at Conestoga College.  APA @ Conestoga was created by the APA Advisory Committee at Conestoga College to provide a standardized format for students using APA across the college community.  Changes made from APA 6th edition can be found by clicking on the link below:

Comparison of APA 6th edition and APA @ Conestoga

The purpose of the APA @ Conestoga style is to help students maintain academic integrity in their written work by providing proper acknowledgement of sources used.

Organization of the APA @ Conestoga Website

Each section of the website can be found in the Table of Contents by clicking on the three-line icon in the top left-hand corner of the website.  There are eight sections:

In Getting Started, you can learn about the background of APA @ Conestoga along with how to navigate through the website.  You can also access some FAQs and links to relevant resources.

In Paper Format, you can find information on the different sections of a paper and how to organize them.  You can understand the mechanics of formatting font, spacing, and margins as well as how to format the title page, headings, headers, and paragraphs.

In Quoting & Paraphrasing, you can learn how to integrate research within the body of the paper.  You can also analyze the difference between quoting and paraphrasing by viewing examples of how to format each type along with accessing supplemental resources and tutorials.

In Citations in Text, you can learn how to cite sources of quotations and paraphrases using two formats. You can understand the rules for basic elements that must be included in each citation as well as how to format authors in citations.

In Reference List, you can choose from our extensive list of source types along with formulas and examples for each.  You will also find general information for each element that appears in a reference entry along with more specific information for particular source types.

In Writing Details, you can understand how to use abbreviations, lists, and numbers in papers.  You will also learn how to mention titles of sources in the body of your paper as well as key terms or invented phrases.

In Visuals & Appendices, you can learn how to format and cite tables, figures, graphs, and pictures within the body of the paper.  You can also learn how to effectively refer to tables, figures, and appendices in your paper.

In Resources & Templates, you can find links to supplemental resources such as our Sample Paper, Paper Template, Checklists, and eTutorials.  This section allows you to click on relevant resources and access them through the Virtual Learning Commons.

FAQs

What is APA @ Conestoga?

APA @ Conestoga is a modified style of APA 6th edition.  APA @ Conestoga is the style guide used by Conestoga College.  It guides students on how to avoid plagiarism by properly acknowledging all sources used in a paper.  It is also used to guide students on how to organize their research in a consistent format.  Watch our APA @ Conestoga: The Basics video to learn about quoting and paraphrasing, citing, and referencing.

What is the difference between APA 6th edition and APA @ Conestoga?

Changes made from APA 6th edition can be found by clicking on the link below:

Comparison of APA 6th edition and APA @ Conestoga

What does APA @ Conestoga look like?

APA @ Conestoga not only standardizes the way you cite and reference your sources, but also how you format a paper.  Download our Sample Paper to see how an APA @ Conestoga formatted paper should look.

How do I format my paper?

APA @ Conestoga has guidelines on how to format your paper including font size as well as spacing, margin, and indenting requirements.  This information can be found in the Paper Format section of the website. 

To help you with the computer mechanics of formatting your paper, we have created a Paper Template that you can open in Microsoft Word.  This template already has the font and spacing created along with heading formatting, so all you have to do is insert your content.

How do I include research in my paper?

To properly include research in your paper, you must acknowledge each source each time you use the source.  Including research has two parts, and this website provides information for each part:

Quoting & Paraphrasing – using the information from your research

Citations in Text – acknowledging your research

It is important to remember that when you include research in your paper, you must include a reference list.

How do I make a reference list?

Creating references from the formulas provided on this website in the Reference List section is the most accurate way to develop your reference list. Using computer software applications like Microsoft Word does not always provide accurate information for APA, and often you are not prompted to provide all necessary information.

To help you in organizing your references and gathering all the necessary information, we encourage you to use our Tracking Sources document available through the Virtual Learning Commons.  This resource is organized by type of source (journal article, book, website, etc.).

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