First on the list is the APA Publication Manual (6th ed., 2010). Although its primary purpose is to provide guidelines for writers submitting manuscripts to scholarly journals, many graduate programs mandate it for students as well. You’ll find it a helpful guide to writing for the behavioral and social sciences, including the all-important reference list. However, many universities have their own preferences for the format of the title page, table of contents, and other items that are particular to academic papers, so the manual doesn’t cover them. Check with your dissertation advisor for the specific format prescribed by your institution.
APA Style is currently in its 6th edition, which was released in 2009. In previous versions of APA format, researchers and scholars were required to include the date that an electronic resource was accessed. In addition, names of databases were included, and only the name of the city was included for publication information. Now, it is no longer required to include the date of access as well as the name of the database in an APA citation. The full location, including the city AND state, or the city and country if it’s an international publisher, is included in the citation.