The following page numbers refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). A copy is on reserve at the library.
Do NOT use italics for emphasis.
|We conducted the study||instead of||The study was conducted by us|
|We made mistakes||instead of||Mistakes were made|
|The dog bit the man||instead of||The man was bitten by the dog|
Be succinct. Avoid wordiness and redundancy.
||the reason is
Avoid bias. Avoid labeling people (the elderly, the schizophrenics, normal, etc.).
Use past tense when discussing another researcher's work.
Use words to express numbers under 10. Use numerals to express numbers 10 and above.
Never use an apostrophe when expressing numbers in plural form (in the 1970s; 10s and 20s).