My background is primarily in humanities disciplines, but this semester I am teaching a class of all pre-nursing students in an FYE cluster of courses. I have heard back from one of the other instructors for the Nursing course paired with my Composition class, and -- as I was kindly advised by many of you here -- there is a fair bit of emphasis on making sure that students learn APA citation style.
I have relied on the Purdue OWL site for other courses for many years and found it a useful and generally very reliable guide for undergraduates. Their APA section, however, leaves a lot to be desired. The other instructor has recommended this guide to APA style citation
posted by Lake Sumter Community College, which is certainly much
more thorough than what OWL has posted.
However. . . I just scrolled through the guidelines and found almost 20 errors or inconsistencies in that guide -- most of them pretty minor (not italicizing a vol. #, or forgetting to abbreviate a first name to an initial), but that feels like a LOT of minor errors. The sheer number of problems in simple proofreading (that haven't been corrected since 2010) makes me worry a little about the accuracy of the guide overall.
It also seems excessive and horribly redundant -- like, is it actually necessary to include the phrase [Electronic source] when you end an entry with information about the database you got your source from? Do faculty really
want to see long, messy URLs in a citation? or the library database you got your source from (like JSTOR?? seriously?). Maybe that's just how APA rolls.
For those more familiar with this citation style, especially teaching it in a sensible way for undergraduates, I would be very happy to know what you think of the Lake Sumter guide -- or if there are even better guides out there.