Essentials of APA Formatting and Style - Michael Neal & Melanie Shaw, Ph.D.

Essentials of APA Formatting and Style

By Michael Neal & Melanie Shaw, Ph.D.

  • Release Date: 2012-07-17
  • Genre: Writing
Score: 3
From 47 Ratings


The Essentials of APA Formatting and Style provides an excellent reference to the 6th Edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual. The Essentials captures all the important style guidelines and contains alerts for common errors. In fact, one chapter is a list of the most common errors made by writers. 

This latest edition, published in March 2012, incorporates suggestions from reviewers and students and now includes tables and figures. Numerous examples from social media have been added, so you learn how to cite a tweet or Facebook post. Numerous and varied examples of citations and references are provided along with a discussion of common writing errors and specific considerations of academic writing. 

The Essentials of APA Formatting and Style can serve as a handy reference. By keeping this succinct, what-you-need-to-know book on your iPhone, iPad, Droid, or Blackberry, you can have instant access to references and citation examples. With the Kindle Reader software for Mac and Windows, you can also read this book on your personal computer.

Essentials is supplemented by a Microsoft Word template with APA Styles embedded in a Word document as well as a correctly formatted APA Paper found on the book’s website.

Essentials of APA Formatting and Style is the second book in the Perfect Punctuation™ Series. The first book is Essential Commas, and it can be an excellent partner reference to ensure your mechanics are correct as well as your APA style.

Authors Dr. Melanie Shaw and Michael Neal are both university-level instructors and researchers who use APA formatting and style daily.


  • Awesome App

    By LHunzikerMO
    This is a great tool for an online student!
  • Awful , inaccurate, and no support-ripoff alert

    By Bill6593
    The "book" is only 19 pages long. The information on headings is incomplete. The information at the bottom of page 8 is inaccurate as page 94 in the actual APA 6th edition advises no back-to-back parentheses in your writing. That is just for starters. The authors have a web page listed that is bogus. This book is a ripoff. Buyer beware.
  • Review

    By Betty Boop A Doop
    It was not what I expected. :
  • Best book for writers!

    By Buttersmoke
    Everyone who is required to write APA compliant papers needs this book. It is the best condensed version of APA formatting I have seen. Congratulations to the authors for reducing the APA monstrosity into something useful!
  • A must for APA!!!

    By ari2901
    I am constantly recommending this book to my students. It is easy to understand and makes APA formatting much easier to understand. I have been thanked many times by my students for letting them know about this invaluable resource!!! A must for any college student needing to use APA.