APA referencing style: A new edition is coming

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The 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) will be published in October 2019. Changes are ahead for APA, one of the most commonly-used referencing styles at the University of Auckland.

Supporting the transition from APA 6th to 7th

We recommend all students and researchers who use APA adopt the 7th edition from 2020 onwards.

We’ll be updating our online referencing guides (e.g., Quickcite) ready for use by Semester One 2020. There will be print copies of the 7th edition in the library from late 2019.

If you use online tools to store and manage your references (e.g., RefWorks), look for APA 7th as a referencing or output style option from late 2019.

Advice for research students writing a thesis or dissertation

If you’re part-way through a thesis or dissertation, seek advice from your supervisor or department about whether to keep using APA 6th to see your writing through to completion. We will continue to provide guidance around APA 6th on our website for the foreseeable future.

More information

You can read more about the 7th edition on the APA Style blog.

If you have any questions about the transition to APA 7th, please Ask us.