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The instructional pages on our website will be updated to APA 7 guidelines on May 4, 2020. For more information, please visit our APA 7 Transition page.

APA Style: APA at Walden

APA at Walden

The chief academic officer at Walden University along with faculty across programs have designated the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for style and citation matters. Many programs at Walden require the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden Students, a condensed, electronic resource based on the APA manual and produced by Laureate Education. This guide focuses on using APA in coursework, while the APA manual is comprehensive and focused on preparing a document for publication. The materials on our website are largely consistent with the recommendations in either of these two resources. However, when there are minor discrepancies between the two, we use the guidelines from the original APA Publication Manual.

Here are a few Walden-specific guidelines for papers (keep in mind that your instructor may have specific instructions that supersede these guidelines):

  • Use 12 point Times New Roman font for papers.
  • Choose one or two spaces between sentences, but be consistent within each paper.

Consult the other pages our the Writing Center website on APA style for further instruction.

APA Guidelines on Citing Electronic Resources

In May 2012, the American Psychological Association digitally released the APA Style Guide to Electronic Resources, a PDF adaptation of Chapter 6 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. Although this guide clarifies some citation and reference formats for new media and technologies, per the CAO, Walden will not be enforcing the alterations the guide makes to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition—including its new rules for addressing digital object identifiers (DOIs)—until these changes are included in a full seventh edition of the APA style publication. Students who have the guide and prefer to use the new DOI formatting method may do so, but it will not be required.

Gender-Neutral Pronouns Policy

Walden University prides itself as an inclusive institution that serves a diverse population of students. Committed to broadening the university’s understanding of inclusivity and diversity, Walden will now accept gender-neutral pronouns in student writing. This practice acknowledges APA’s recent endorsement of the singular they and also embraces alternative pronouns currently in circulation (e.g., the nominatives xe, ve, ze/zir, ey, and zhe and their associated derivations). Walden recognizes that discussion around gender identity is ongoing. As such, the university will accept any pronoun in student writing so long as evidence can be provided that it is accepted as a respectful term by the community it represents.

For more information, please read our blog post, "Inclusive Language Policy Announcement."

People-First and Identity-First Language Policy

Walden University respects the evolving endorsements of communities and self-advocacy groups. As such, while the American Psychological Association (2010) recommends using people-first language when addressing persons with disabilities (e.g., children with ADHD; p. 76), Walden also recognizes that certain groups or subgroups thereof prefer identity-first language (e.g., autistic children). To this end, the university will accept people-first and identity-first language in student writing so long as evidence can be provided that it is accepted as a respectful term by the community it represents.

For more information, please read our blog post, "Inclusive Language Policy Announcement."

Running Head Policy

Announcement on 4/6/16 from Dr. Eric Riedel:

As most of you know, APA’s requirement to use a running head is one of the most difficult formatting tasks Walden students must perform. Recent data from our Quick Answers database, along with anecdotal data from faculty, the Writing Center, and students, indicate that creating an APA-compliant running head is occupying a disproportionate amount of student time and effort. Running heads are already omitted in Walden’s doctoral capstones and KAMs, and their purpose (keeping paper pages together in blind reviews of papers submitted for publication) is not relevant in our setting. As a result, Walden course papers will no longer require a running head. A simple page number at the top right of each page will now suffice.

In the coming weeks, the Writing Center will make this adjustment to their instruction, their website, and the paper templates housed here. Please review your own feedback and materials to see if changes may be needed there, too. Note: Although students should not be required to use a running head, they should not be penalized if they do include one. This policy is intended to relieve students and faculty of an unnecessarily complex task rather than to establish a strict house style.