What does APA stands for?
I always see it on the style tips on my hubs.
Here are the basics of APA style. Know how to quickly write an APA style paper. read more
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!
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
American Proctologist Association is the only connection that I can make for that moniker.
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.
I believe it stands for the American Psychiatric Association.
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to that): very comprehensive with lots of relatively up-to-date information about social media (which is instantly outdated, now, of course).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. :-)
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.
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. :-(
Anorexic Penguin Association. A well-respected organization that is world renown for good grammar and punctuation.
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
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SourceYahoo Style Guide can be found here.
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