APA Style Changes – Highlights from the new 7th Edition

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The 7th edition of APA’s Publication Manual is now available. As stated on the APA Style blog, “The transition to seventh edition APA Style will not happen overnight. Although the new Publication Manual was released in October 2019, we anticipate that most students and professionals will start using seventh edition style in the spring semester of 2020 or thereafter.” Reynolds Libraries will update its Citation Style: APA LibGuide by the early part of next year. Below are some highlights of the new changes:

 Formatting changes:

  • New guidelines for formatting student papers
  • More options for choosing a font size and style (other than Times New Roman 12) as long as the fonts are legible and widely available
  • One space after sentence period
  • More quotations will be used rather than italicizing words
  • In-text citations – if a source was written by 3 or more authors, you can use et al.

More Citation examples:

  • The new manual includes more citation examples that include classroom material, Intranet sources, and social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

eBooks and articles database:

  • Continue to use the DOI # for journal articles that include a DOI #.
  • Journal articles without a DOI # including eBooks, magazine and newspaper articles found in a database should be treated as print works. Do not list the database name or the URL of the publisher’s home page. Only include database information in the reference if the source comes from a database that publishes original, proprietary content, such as UpToDate. For an explanation of this change, click here.

Hyperlinks/URLs:

  • Present both DOIs and URLs as hyperlinks (i.e., beginning with “http:” or “https:” –  https://doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000185).
  • Because a hyperlink leads readers directly to the content, it is no longer necessary to include the words “Retrieved from” or “Accessed from” before a DOI or URL.
  • It is acceptable to use either the default display settings for hyperlinks in your word-processing program (e.g., usually blue font, underlined) or plain text that is not underlined.
  • Leave links live if the work is to be published or read online.

Publisher information:

  • Publisher location is no longer necessary (same as MLA guidelines)

Help Tools:

  • Reynolds Libraries will be ordering the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual which will be made available at each campus library.
  • APA is planning to develop a tutorial on the 7th edition changes which should be made available sometime in 2020.
  • The APA Style website has been recently updated to include the 7th edition changes – https://apastyle.apa.org/. Check out the information under “Style and Grammar Guidelines” and “Instructional Aids.”
  • APA style questions can be sent via email to StyleExpert@apa.org
  • The Concise Guide to APA Style for Students will be available in December 2019. “This easy-to-use pocket guide is adapted from the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and is designed specifically for undergraduate writing.”

New Catalog is here!

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Reynolds Libraries has a new and improved online catalog! The new catalog can be accessed by conducting a search in the main search box on the library website, or you can access it directly with the following URL:  https://vcc-srl-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/search?vid=JSRCC

If you previously bookmarked the old catalog link, please make sure you update it to the new link.

There are a couple things to note at this time:

  • Database articles and electronic resources are currently being added to the system so in the meantime you will be better off searching individual databases by going to the A-Z databases page.
  • There will be forthcoming customizations made to the look of the interface (color schemes, logos, images, etc.) so thank you for your patience as we continue to enhance the look and feel!

As with the old catalog, you can use the “My Account” feature to renew items, check the status of current checkouts, and place requests.

In the upper right side of the page, click “Guest”:

then click on “SIGN IN” (you will then be taken to the MyReynolds login page; once logged in, you will be taken to your account)

We will continue to make updates and announcements regarding the new catalog and hope that you will enjoy the improved catalog!

 

Happy International Fact-Checking Day!

April 2nd is International Fact-Checking Day. Check out the resources below. You can also participate in the global conversation on Twitter by following:
@factchecknet#FactcheckingDay and #FactCheckIt

Today’s News: Separating Fact from Fiction

This year’s United States presidential election campaign may be remembered for the proliferation of fake, false and misleading news stories especially on social media sites such as Facebook. Viral news hoaxes have been around for many years but 2016 seems to be the year they exploded into the consciousness of the American public. Even typically reliable news sources, whether mainstream or alternative, corporate or nonprofit, rely on particular media frames to select and report news stories based on different notions of newsworthiness. The best thing to do in our contemporary media environment is to read, watch and listen both widely and often, and to be critical of the news sources we share and engage with on social media. To help you in evaluating news stories, Reynolds Libraries has created a guide –  http://libguides.reynolds.edu/fakenews

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Five Quick Tips for Finals

chalk board Alright, students, I’ve got good news and bad news.

The good news is that spring semester is almost over and summer is on its way!

The bad news?

Before that celebratory trip to Virginia Beach, you’ve got to pass your final exams. But after hours and days and weeks of study and preparation, is there anything more you can do to make sure they go as smoothly as possible?

Try these common-sense exam tips from test prep expert, Kelly Roell:

  1. Fuel Your Body – Should you have an energy drink before an exam? (Probably not.) Skip lunch? (Definitely not.) What should you eat the day before? (Chocolate and green tea, anyone?)
  2. Arrive Early to Chat – “The instructor said that question would definitely be on the test?? I don’t remember that!” These are the kinds of things you may hear yourself saying if you show up early and get some insight from your fellow classmates before the test begins! (Not sure when your exams start? Here’s a link to the exam schedule.)
  3. Pace Yourself – Don’t rush it! You may end up regretting it.
  4. Stay Focused – This is a hard one. The key here is to allow yourself mini mental breaks throughout the test so you don’t end up zoning out.
  5. Review Your Work – Ever get a test back and realize you answered a question incorrectly that you knew you knew? This is why it’s important to go through and review your test before you hand it in.

See Roell’s article on testprep.about.com for more detailed information on all of these great tips!

Good luck on your exams!

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Need a resume that stands out?

Don’t miss this chance to give your resume a boost and land your next job! Attend the Resume Rescue! workshops being held at both the Parham Road and Downtown campuses. This workshop will cover:

  • Types of resumeshired
  • Action verbs
  • What to include and not include in your resume
  • How to tailor your resume to a specific job

You will also learn about the many library resources that can help you with preparing your resume.

Workshops will be held:

  • PRC – Thu, Oct. 30th, 11am-12pm, Massey LTC, Library, Room 103J
  • DTC – Wed, Nov. 5th, 10am-11am, Room 212