What does APA stands for?

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  1. liesl5858 profile image87
    liesl5858posted 8 years ago

    What does APA stands for?

    I always see it on the style tips on my hubs.

  2. LCDWriter profile image91
    LCDWriterposted 8 years ago

    Here are the basics of APA style.  Know how to quickly write an APA style paper. read more

  3. StephanieBCrosby profile image81
    StephanieBCrosbyposted 8 years ago

    I am not sure if this pertains to the style tips of hubs, since I don't know what that refers to, but I do know what APA stands for in terms of formatting standards.

    APA stands for American Psychological Association. This is a style of writing used for the Social Sciences (psychology, education, and so on). They have a whole set of standards just like MLA (Modern Language Association used for the Humanities), Chicago, etc. The standards cover everything from how to format the document to how to cite sources properly.

    I hope this helps!

    1. liesl5858 profile image87
      liesl5858posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much Stephanie, I always see it on the style tips for hubs but I don't really know what it means.

  4. Lastheart profile image66
    Lastheartposted 8 years ago

    When I was a University student my term papers had to be by the APA style. The rules like here in HP changes time to time. The best is to read on. I don't trust Wikipedia 100% but they give a good starting explanation.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APA_style

    1. liesl5858 profile image87
      liesl5858posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Lastheart, I did not think of looking it up on Wikipedia.

  5. Wayne Brown profile image83
    Wayne Brownposted 8 years ago

    American Proctologist Association is the only connection that I can make for that moniker.

    1. liesl5858 profile image87
      liesl5858posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Wayne, for your kind reply.

  6. Writer Fox profile image41
    Writer Foxposted 8 years ago

    Stephanie gave the right answer on this.  The APA Style Guide is for academic papers and you can read about it here:

    The Associated Press (AP) has a style guide for print newspapers and it can be found here:

    The style book for online content is written by Yahoo and can be purchased from shopping.yahoo.com or from Amazon.

    1. liesl5858 profile image87
      liesl5858posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Writer Fox for the websites I will have a read to understand more.

  7. Jlbowden profile image86
    Jlbowdenposted 8 years ago

    I believe it stands for the American Psychiatric Association.

  8. Laura Schneider profile image88
    Laura Schneiderposted 8 years ago

    www.apastyle.org--American Psychological Association "A Complete Resource for Writing and Publishing in the Social and Behavioral Sciences" (There is a version available for Kindle).

    I'm not sure why they chose to suggest that style guide, though: I would have chosen the ubiquitous Chicago Manual of Style, used by book publishers, since most of us aren't writing in the social or behavioral sciences on HubPages.

    I could even see choosing the AP Style Guide (Associated Press), which is for journalists, though again most of us aren't writing news articles we're writing fiction, poetry, how-to/DIY, poems, etc. etc. and not reporting on time-critical current news.

    There is a specific online style guide I recommend and use when Chicago is silent on a subject: The Yahoo Online Style Guide (or something close to that): very comprehensive with lots of relatively up-to-date information about social media (which is instantly outdated, now, of course).

    For the best little style guide, I always recommend Strunk & White's Elements of Style. You can read it cover-to-cover in a few hours, it's informative and not preachy, sometimes even amusing, and something I recommend that all writers and editors read at least once a year no matter how good they think they are. :-)

  9. FitnezzJim profile image81
    FitnezzJimposted 8 years ago

    The website acronymfinder.com lists 177 definitions for the acronym 'APA'.  Sadly, I have that site bookmarked since we live in an Acronym world.  Given the context and the list, my guess would have been 'American Publishers Association'.
    I answered for the purpose of sharing information about a fairly useful resource for finding acronyms.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image88
      Laura Schneiderposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Agreed 100%--great site!

      Sadly we do live in an acronym world. I remind people that all 2-3 letter acronyms (TLAs) stand for SOMETHING dirty or an embarrassing body part. As a tech writer, that gets some attention, but it's still a BIG problem. :-(

  10. Bill Yovino profile image88
    Bill Yovinoposted 8 years ago

    Anorexic Penguin Association.   A well-respected organization that is world renown for good grammar and punctuation.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image88
      Laura Schneiderposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hahaha I needed a good laugh. Thanks!

  11. mrpooper profile image51
    mrpooperposted 8 years ago

    If LOL is laugh out lot, BRB is be right back, then APA is angry parents again. Put it all together you get LOLBRBAPA which means nothing. It's just me texting too fast

    1. Laura Schneider profile image88
      Laura Schneiderposted 8 years agoin reply to this



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