APA 6th versus 7th Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone:

There’s a new kid in town: the 7th edition of the APA Style Manual. Oh, goodie. Sorry folks, but it is my personal opinion that the APA folks come out with a new manual just to keep themselves in business. I mean, the sales for their books go up substantially every time they make an adjustment.

Here’s the latest scope: In-text citations are staying pretty much the same as before. You still write the following:

Beebe and Masterson (2020) state that “here is the direct quote” (p. 123).

It has been argued that “here is the direct quote” (Beebe & Masterson, 2020, p. 123).

You still cite the page or paragraph number (if the online article you are reading does not have pagination) if you have a direct quote. You still only cite the year of publication once in a paragraph per author reference, unless you have multiple citations of the same authors in that paragraph but they all have different publication years.

Here’s the nails-on-a-chalkboard moment for me: You use plural pronouns (they, them) with single nouns (customer, person). Not in my classroom, thank you very much!

I will cover more changes in future postings, so stay local!


Dr. Sheri


Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

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