# [OS X TeX] LaTeX and APA

Alan Munn amunn at gmx.com
Fri Mar 18 22:35:42 CET 2011

On Mar 18, 2011, at 3:55 PM, Alan T Litchfield wrote:

> I have just been through this exercise. There are some differences between 5th and 6th which are handled with biblatex, but there is a fair amount of work required to enable them. Once done then it is pretty automatic, until you find something else that is non-conforming and you have to do more set up work.

Could you elaborate on this a bit? Does the current version of biblatex-apa *not* implement the 6th edition properly, or were you adapting a previous version of biblatex-apa that was designed for the 5th edition?

Alan

>
> Erik Meijer has built a new version of apacite that is 6th ready and fully automatic. My advice would be to use that.
>
> Regards
> Alan
>
> On 19/03/2011, at 4:35 AM, Alan Munn wrote:
>
>> If you are mainly concerned about the formatting of citations/bibliography, then the biblatex-apa style for biblatex is the most up-to-date that I am aware of. It implements the 6th ed. APA guide.
>>
>> biblatex-mla is usable with the apa documentclass  if you load it with the [noapacite] option.
>>
>> Switching from apacite to biblatex is pretty straightforward; you don't need to change you bib file, but you may need to adjust the actual citation commands to match the biblatex-apa cite commands.
>>
>> so a basic document would be
>>
>> \documentclass[noapacite]{apa}
>> \usepackage[american]{babel}
>> \usepackage{csquotes}
>> \usepackage[style=apa]{biblatex}
>> \DeclareLanguageMapping{american}{american-apa}
>> \bibliography{your-bib-file}
>> \begin{document}
>>
>> ...
>>
>> \printbibliography
>>
>> \end{document}
>>
>> There's been a very recent update to biblatex-apa (last few days) so make sure your distribution is up-to-date.
>>
>> Alan
>>
>>
>> On Mar 18, 2011, at 9:16 AM, LuKreme wrote:
>>
>>> I'm wondering what the current status of APA support in TeX is? I've seen mention of an apa class for 5th edition, and a sort of update for 6th edition, though this states that the apa class is 'more capable'.
>>>
>>> <http://www.tex.ac.uk/tex-archive/help/Catalogue/entries/apa.html>
>>> <http://www.tex.ac.uk/tex-archive/help/Catalogue/entries/apa6e.html>
>>>
>>> I have to submit some papers and they have to be checked against APA6, and the TA who is doing the checking is… well, let's be kind and say she is detail oriented.
>>>
>>> apacite and mslsapa also seem to reference the 5th edition.
>>>
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