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APA Formatting & Style: Latin Abbreviations

Last updated 4/21/2016


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Visual: “Walden University Writing Center. Your writing, grammar, and APA experts” appears in the center of the screen. Background changes to another notebook on a table, with a person sitting behind it, and a bright blue box. The text reads: “APA Formatting & Style: Latin Abbreviations.”

Slide changes a mostly gray slide with a blue box in the center & a header that reads: Latin Abbreviations. In the blue box is the following:

Always appear in parentheses…

Below is a chart that has two columns and five rows

The header on the left of this chart says: This…

The header on the right of this chart says: means that

The text of the chart is as following from top to bottom on the left side:

  • i.e
  • e.g
  • etc
  • vs.
  • cf.

The text of the chart on the right is as follows:

  • That is
  • For example
  • And so forth
  • Versus
  • Compare

A green box is to the right of the screen that reads: See pages 106–111 in the APA 6th edition.


Audio: Latin abbreviations—so you may use these commonly in your own writing, and you probably have seen them in the scholarly articles you’ve been reading: so—i.e., e.g., etc., vs.—all of those. You actually, in APA scholarly writing, you would only include those Latin abbreviations in parentheses. So, you wouldn’t want to put in the main text of your article, i.e., comma, and give an example. If it’s in the main text, the running text, something that’s not in parentheses, you would want to spell everything out. And because we don’t speak Latin, we would want to spell out the English equivalent. So instead of i.e., if I’m writing in the main narrative text of my sentence, I would say, that is. Or instead of e.g., I would say, for example, and so on and so forth. The only time that you would not spell out versus is if you’re citing something like a court case. But other than that, instead of saying v, s, period, you would want to spell out versus altogether. And a lot of this information about abbreviations, including Latin abbreviations and their English corresponding phrases, appear on pages 106 through 111, APA manual.


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