APA References: What's Changed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition

The Library's APA Citing Sources Guide is now updated to reflect changes in the 7th Edition!

APAmanual.jpgThe Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is the guide for APA Style, offering guidance on everything from citing sources to formatting headings. Used in the social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, communications, education, business, engineering, and other fields, the APA Manual guides both writers and educators.
The 7th edition brings a number of changes to the Manual. Features include:

  • Full-color illustrations with coding to highlight formatting elements
  • Accessibility guidelines
  • Journal article reporting standards
  • Bias-free language guidelines, including the adoption of the singular "they"
  • Expanded guidance on ethical writing and publishing practices

Of particular interest here in the library are changes to formatting and reference guidelines. The Faculty Focus newsletter highlighted some of these changes in September, prior to the publication of the 7th edition.
Of note for students, instructors, writing center coaches, and reference staff:

  • Website URLs no longer need to be preceded with “Retrieved from:”.
  • Ebooks no longer require the type of ebook to be listed (e.g. PDF, Kindle etc)
  • Journal DOIs are now displayed as a URL instead of with the “DOI:” prefix. For example: “DOI: 10.1109/5.771073” becomes “https⁚//”
  • The publisher location is no longer required. This means “New York: Macmillan” is now just “Macmillan”.
  • The running head rules are “simplified,” and running heads are not required for student papers
  • The first in-text citation of a work by more than two authors may list only the first author, followed by “et al.”
  • The reference section lists up to 20 authors for a single work

For more in-depth information about the features and changes in the 7th edition, you can watch the CHOICE Media webinar "What’s New in APA Style—Inside the Seventh Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association or visit APA Style and Grammar Guidelines."

And of course, you can also see the Manual for yourself in the Library! We have copies available for check out in the General Collection (BF76.7 .P83 2020), as well as copies in the Reference and Ready Reference Collections.


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Designed to support reluctant readers, English language learners, GED- and college-prep students, the collection offers a variety of books, multimedia, and workbooks including:

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Encourage your students to take advantage of this unique and growing collection!

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Resource Cancellations

The Library has stopped subscribing to the following resources, effective July 1, 2018:
American National Biography
ASHRAE Standards
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Webinar on OER for Math April 4th!

Math instructors have unique needs, and there are two good open platforms available to meet those needs. WeBWorK and MyOpenMath enable instructors to automate practice problems that are accessible to a wide variety of learners. In this session, Alex Jordan, Portland Community College, will discuss the features of WeBWorK (example: and Carrie Kyser, Clackamas Community College, will discuss MyOpenMath (example:, username “guest,” no password).

This session is ideal for faculty who are ready to break up with their expensive copyrighted product but don’t want to lose functionality.

This webinar takes place from 12-1 Pacific time, April 4, 2018. The session will be recorded and captioned to share later. More info:
Join the session
Call-in number: 646 876 9923
Participant PIN: 796 538 589

Woot! U.S. Congress Includes $5M for Open Textbooks in FY18 Omnibus Bill

The Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus bill just unveiled by Congress includes $5 million to support an open textbook grant program. This will be the first time Congress has invested directly in OER as a college affordability measure, and is a HUGE victory both for the OER movement and our students!
Description of the grant program:

Open Textbooks Pilot: The agreement includes $5,000,000 for a pilot, competitive grant program to support projects at institutions of higher education that create new open textbooks or expand their use in order to achieve savings for students while maintaining or improving instruction and student learning outcomes. The Secretary shall require that any open textbook created with program funds be licensed under a nonexclusive, irrevocable license to the public to exercise any of the rights under copyright conditioned only on the requirement that attribution be given as directed by the copyright owner. Further, the Secretary should give special consideration to projects at institutions of higher education that demonstrate the greatest potential to achieve the highest level of savings for students through sustainable, expanded use of open textbooks in postsecondary courses offered by the eligible entity and expand the use of open textbooks at institutions of higher education outside of the eligible entity.

Read more from SPARC and U.S. PIRG here:

US PIRGs New Report on Textbook Costs

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The U.S. Public Interest Research Group has released a new report on textbook affordability in common college courses across the country. Press release here:

Main findings include:

"When publishers bundle a textbook with an access code, it eliminates most opportunities for students to cut costs with the used book market. Of the access code bundles in our sample, forty-five percent—nearly half—were unavailable from any other source we could find except the campus bookstore. This eliminated student’s ability to shop around and meant that they were forced to pay full price for these materials. For the classes using bundles, students would likely be stuck paying full price, whereas for the classes using a textbook only, students could cut costs up to fifty-eight percent by buying used online.

Schools that have invested in open educational resources (OER) generated significant savings for their students. OER are educational materials that can be downloaded or accessed for free online while carrying many other benefits for students and professors. For example, in Massachusetts, Greenfield Community College’s use of OER in three of the six courses in our study meant that students there could spend as little as $31 per course on materials, compared to a national average of $153 per course.

Switching the ten introductory classes in our study to OER nationwide would save students $1.5 billion per year in course materials costs."

Full report downloadable here:


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