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Education Research

A guide to starting points in education research at Queen's University, Kingston.

Follow the APA Style Guide

The Faculty of Education prefers the American Psychology Association style for the formatting of scholarly papers including in-text and reference citations.

logo apa style blogThe APA Style Blog for the 7th edition is already in action. Search here for the answers to questions you may not discover in the manual or you may have questions about.

The Scribbr site has an unofficial but succinct list of 17 of the most notable changes in the 7th edition.

We also recommend the APA Formatting Style Guide created by Purdue University Library for quick reference when you have questions about how to cite.

Can't find an example of the type of reference you need to cite?  Here's what APA recommends you do: "choose the example that is most like your source and follow that format" (

APA Sixth Edition

The Education Library has 6 copies of the latest print edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

5 copies are in the general stacks on Floor 3 at call number BF 76.7 .P83 2010a and 1 copy is in the Reference Collection on  Floor 2 at the same call number.

A free online supplement to this Manual is available on the APA web site.


An online edition of the APA Style Guide to Electronic References (2012) is also available.

Use your NetID and password to view, print, or download the e-book.  This is your go-to source for most online citations you will need to document.


 The APA Style Blog 6th Edition has now been ARCHIVED.

Organize Citations

There are several citation management systems available to use for free on the internet, including EndNote Basic, Mendeley, and Zotero.  Find more information on our Citation Management Guide.