Many university psychology programs, professional journals, and psychologists format their written work in accordance with American Psychological Association (APA) Style guidelines. I am currently working on a dissertation as part of Ph.D. program requirements and needed guidance with the sometimes cryptic APA Style. In my search, I discovered a wonderful online resource that is a fairly comprehensive guide to APA Style. Best of all, access to this website is free.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is well organized with many illustrative examples. OWL shows how to structure your research in an APA Style layout (Introduction, Methods, Results, etc.) and how to properly format citations, footnotes, tables, figures, and more. Example APA Style papers are available for download.
OWL corrects and updates the original style guide, Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, because, irony notwithstanding, the APA book contains formatting errors. Guidance for MLA (Modern Language Association) Style writing is also available at OWL.
For those interested, my dissertation mentioned above is a clinical archive case series that investigates neurofeedback for sleep and co-morbid anxiety and depression.
Visit The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).
I hope readers find this resource to be helpful.