Choosing Your Words in APA Style: Best Practices for Clear, Precise, and Inclusive Writing

Sponsored by APA Style
Recorded on 01/18/2024

Posted in Scholarly Communication and Research, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA)

Learn more about word choice best practices for clear, inclusive, and bias-free writing.


This webinar will explore how to choose your words when writing in APA Style. The APA Style team will address how to choose words that are appropriately specific and free of bias, including how to deal with overly vague prose, eliminate academic jargon, and describe people with inclusive language. We will share new guidance from APA’s Inclusive Language Guide, Second Edition, regarding word choice best practices for topics including pronouns, disability, body size diversity, pregnancy, and neurodiversity. We will conclude with what words we hope you use to talk about APA Style with others, to help us all further the goal of excellence in communication. 

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  • Chelsea Lee and Samantha Denneny

    Chelsea Lee, Instructional Lead, and Samantha Denneny, Development Manager, represent the APA Style team of the American Psychological Association. They are members of the team responsible for writing and updating the seventh editions of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, the Concise Guide to APA Style, and the Mastering APA Style Student Workbook. Together, they have fielded more than 30,000 questions, written hundreds of blog posts, and spoken to countless people about APA Style. They are passionate about APA Style and excited to pass on their knowledge of effective scholarly communication; citations and references; and ethical, inclusive, and accessible writing. 

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