Quote from marilynmom
My school suggests we get this book:
But is has bad reviews!
LOL! Did you think it would end up on the New York Time's list?
Seriously, the only good thing about this book is that IF you can figure out how to use it, you can defend how you formatted your paper. For that purpose alone, you should buy the book.
After 3 semesters writing APA papers, I have come to the conclusion that
a) most instructors (NOT ALL, MOST) do not know how to use APA either and will let you slide (the trick is to find out WHICH ones)
b) the book does have some sort of system to it but it's hard to figure it out.
Your school should have a writing center. It would behoove you to spend some time there with your first few papers. With any sort of luck (and if you live under the right star), there will be an advisor there who can teach you how to use the book, and its samples. Once you get a few well-formatted papers in your files, you can refer back to them to remember how to do it.
I only found out how to write APA because I took a 1 credit class on Writing APA Style.
I also hit a few websites on APA:
and the APA Wizard