Ugh, got any good APA sources? All my law classes require it.
last name, first initial. (year). Title
. City: Publisher. - for books (title is lower case save for the first word and proper names)
last name, first initial. (year). Article title. Journal title
, issue or issue(volume), pages. - for journals/magazines
I highly recommend:
Andrea Lunsford's The Everyday Writer
, 3rd ed. - this one is very good and the most up-to-date of the three
Rosen & Behren's The Allyn & Bacon Handbook
, 5th ed. - probably the best of the three, though it's a little out of date.
Muriel Harris' Prentice Hall Reference Guide
, 6th ed.
All three cover APA, CMS, CSE and MLA formats as well as having many other useful reference points in them re: grammar and evaluating sources.
And to Furby . . .
Personally I started out in Biology, with MLA required for every class save the physical sciences. It still saved time in the long run to actually learn the system. Many of my former students have come back one to three years later and said the same thing - most of them went into nursing, education, and other non-Humanities fields (only three or four went into English or History, none in the modern non-English languages). And if you known MLA the others are easy, since MLA tried to borrow a little bit from APA and CSM (the other two most commonly used formats).