Answered By: Matt Stevons
Last Updated: Oct 02, 2019     Views: 0

The 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, the official source for APA Style®, is now available.  As you are aware, Purdue Global currently uses the 6th edition across all programs at the university.   This FAQ is intended to answer some immediate questions and lead to any resources available so far.

In one sentence, what happened?

On October 1, 2019, the APA published a new edition of its style manual, but updating APA resources and following any new rules in your assignments is a while away from now, so don't panic.

When will APA resources be updated?

Most resources will not update until next summer. 

  • The printed 7th edition manual will be available for purchase starting October 1, 2019.  

  • Academic Writer, APA’s official tool for teaching and learning effective writing, will continue to use the 6th edition guidelines until August 2020, at which point the APA will update it with new APA 7th edition resources. 

  • Coinciding with Academic Writer’s update, other APA resources from the Academic Success Center and Library will also be updated on or around August 2020.  


What do I need to know about 7th edition rules today?

You’ll have plenty of time to prepare for the 7th edition and do not need to become an expert today. Only review 7th edition changes if you're curious and want to get a jump on the new rules. You will likely be more encouraged to adopt the new rules starting in August 2020, when Academic Writer and other resources are updated. You can continue using 6th edition until January 1, 2021.

What’s changing in the 7th edition?

The APA has updated their website with links and information reviewing the major changes to APA Style in the new edition. Links to these resources are below.

Is there anywhere else I can learn about the 7th edition?

Additionally, on October 1st, a preview link was included within the footer of Academic Writer:

This link provides more information on some of the new features and planned updates that will roll out in August 2020.  

What should I do next?

For now, there’s no need to do anything when using Academic Writer—the tool, including all papers, will continue to use the 6th edition until August 2020.  You can also keep writing your assignments following 6th edition rules.  More announcements will be made over the next year about the transition to 7th edition, including in your courses, the Library, and the PG Academic Success Center. 

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