What’s the Point of APA Style? Relevance of a Writing Style to Life After Graduation

Sponsored by APA Style
Recorded on 01/31/2023

Posted in Library Instruction

How can librarians demonstrate to students the applications of APA Style after graduation?


Every librarian knows that many students are skeptical—or even highly resistant—to learn APA Style. Students often perceive APA Style as being relevant only to writing papers for school, but in fact, APA Style helps students develop many communication skills relevant to life after graduation. In this webinar, the APA Style team will explore how librarians can increase students’ buy-in to learning APA Style by demonstrating how learning and using a writing style will help students in any career they pursue. We will share real-life examples of applications of APA Style, showing how the APA Style core principles of writing with clarity, precision, and inclusion support people in tasks such as writing resumes and emails, creating PowerPoint presentations and other visual displays, and, above all, communicating with others to get important stuff done.


  • Samantha Denneny, Chelsea Lee, and Timothy McAdoo

    Samantha Denneny, Chelsea Lee, and Timothy McAdoo represent the APA Style team of the American Psychological Association. They are members of the team responsible for writing and updating the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Mastering APA Style Student Workbook, and Concise Guide to APA Style. Together, the three of them 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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