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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Publications Manual Of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition does the job, but does not develop a compelling, innovative clarity.

The latest edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual continues the more of the same style and format from previous editions. Maybe not designed to be a compelling read or even a read at all, the manual does its usual credible job of providing...
The latest edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual continues the more of the same style and format from previous editions. Maybe not designed to be a compelling read or even a read at all, the manual does its usual credible job of providing the necessities for the serious researcher. Unfortunately, the format is not conducive to the not-so-serious researcher who is forced to wade through to find simple explanations for the citing process. Indeed, the manual should include a simplified chart system to aid in the occasional usage of the manual.
The manual should use some highlighting system to show the changes that were not included or are changes from last edition. Not-so-serious researches are not always aware of the changes without a nudge. Because the not-so-serious researcher is the one often most in need of the manual, changes and updates clearly highlighted and even explained bring a sense of usability to a process that can be daunting when not practiced often enough to develop confidence.
The serious researcher has the complete system at one's fingertips if familiarity with the process and the manual have been established. The manual ensures that the serious researcher does not have to worry about the process details while trying to publish. Since publishing is so important to the serious researcher, this new compendium brings the research to the specifications necessary for all publications that serve the academic or research community.
Not perfect, but necessary, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition meets the needs even when it does not satisfy!

posted by TheOldBuzzard on April 12, 2010

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11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

First Printing of 6th ed. has Mistakes

The "first printing" of the APA Publication manual has mistakes. If you purchased a first printing of the 6th ed. APA manual, the APA said it will replace them free of charge up until Dec. 15th, 2009. Afterwards, you are out of luck. Call the APA at (800) 374-2721 or (...
The "first printing" of the APA Publication manual has mistakes. If you purchased a first printing of the 6th ed. APA manual, the APA said it will replace them free of charge up until Dec. 15th, 2009. Afterwards, you are out of luck. Call the APA at (800) 374-2721 or (202) 336-5500 and choose prompt #4. After you answer a few questions, you will be sent an e-mail with a free return shipping label and a form to be included with your return.

posted by 281444 on November 25, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2009

    First Printing of 6th ed. has Mistakes

    The "first printing" of the APA Publication manual has mistakes. If you purchased a first printing of the 6th ed. APA manual, the APA said it will replace them free of charge up until Dec. 15th, 2009. Afterwards, you are out of luck. Call the APA at (800) 374-2721 or (202) 336-5500 and choose prompt #4. After you answer a few questions, you will be sent an e-mail with a free return shipping label and a form to be included with your return.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    postliterate

    The sixth version of the Publiation Manual of the American Psychologial Asociation is a fraud. It is designed, by its own Introduction wordking, for those who consume content, not for writers or readers.

    The trucated work is not helpful, major changes are not flagged. People are referred to a dysfunctional Web site with significant uncontrollable and annoying audio monologues. The Web site does not even have a search mechanism. As the assumption is that users are not skilled and/or interested in reading, I guess it makes sense.

    Disciplines previously using APA should switch to AMA or Chicago. Those style guides are worthwhile.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

    don't buy 1st edition!

    Instructors have warned us of many errors in printing of first edition! This is a must have book for apa style papers and now I have to go print pages of corrections from their website!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

    APA Errors

    I bought the first printing and was dismayed that it contained so many errors. After looking at the multiple pages of corrections, I decided to contact APA to inquire about a return. They were most helpful and sent me a return voucher and shipping label for me to send the book back at their expense. I was only out the $1.18 for the padded envelope. I sent the book back on Dec 18 and had my new copy on Dec 28. The 1st printing of the book deserves 1 star, but at least the company made good on their product. I caution those needing this manual: Make sure you are not getting the error-filled 1st printing.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    So many errors, cannot use as reference

    The 6th Edition of the APA manual is filled with mistakes. So many, in fact, that the APA web site lists several pages of them. In addition, the sample research papers cited in the manual are replete with errors. The APA web site lists pages of corrected research papers as well.

    Here is the kicker: to get a revised manual, one must pay for it. They made the mistakes that rendered the 6th Edition practically unusable but will not replace it for free. What a gig!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    one month later and still waiting

    Ordered a book a month ago from this company and still have not received it. I will not be ordering again from here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2011

    not available as ebook!!!

    Would be great if I could download this to my nook. Please create ebook version!

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

    Horrible!!!

    This book deserves NO STARS!

    I bought this book to help with my research papers for my graduate classes. Right after I bought it, the book was recalled for multiple typos and errors. You can go to the APA website and print off pages of corrections (because that's how many errors they have) or you can call phone number to get a replacement book. Only problem is the number doesn't work. Disgusting !!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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