Free Access to APA Publication Manual Through May 25

The APA has made the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association freely available on the only two ebook platforms that exist for it: VitalSource and RedShelf. Both of these platforms are designed not for institutional subscriptions but instead for individuals to use to gain personal subscription access to textbooks. The steps to access are somewhat lengthy (you have to set up your own personal account first). Here is how to get started on either platform.

VitalSource

  1. Go to https://get.vitalsource.com/vitalsource-helps
  2. Scroll down to the “Helpful Links” section and click “Bookshelf Login”
  3. On the login page (“Welcome to VitalSource Helps”,) click the link for “Create a VitalSource account”
  4. Complete the account creation page. Use your school email address and pick a unique password.
  5. Once you create an account, you’ll receive an email at your school account that you’ll need to open and click the confirmation link.
  6. Once you’re logged in on the VitalSource page, use the search box at the top right corner to search for “publication manual of the american psychological society”
  7. On the results page, mouse over the book jacket for the 7th edition (it’s orange and blue) and click the “Borrow” button that appears.
  8. On the right, a small window will open with details about the book you’ve selected and a blue “Borrow” button that you need to click.
  9. Once you’ve borrowed the book, you have online access to it through May 25, 2020.

RedShelf

  1. Go to https://www.about.redshelf.com/redshelfresponds
  2. Scroll down the page to the “Free eBook Access Program” section and click the black button for “Access Free eBooks”
  3. On the page that opens, scroll down to the search box below where it says “Borrow your eBooks now” and type into the search box, “publication manual of the american psychological association”
  4. On the search results, scroll down to the 7th edition (the cover is orange and blue) and click the “View Details” button or the book title.
  5. On the login page that opens, click “Create an Account”
  6. On the “Create a New Account” page, fill out the required form including the school lookup feature. Make sure you use your school email address and pick a unique password.
  7. After completing the account creation form, you’ll need to respond to the email sent to your school email address by clicking the confirmation link in the email.
  8. After clicking the confirmation link, a new browser window will open that says “Redeem your RedShelf Access Code.” Ignore that code request (there is none that you need to enter) and instead click the blue “Find a Book” button.
  9. On the “RedShelf Responds” page that opens, scroll down to the search box below where it says “Borrow your eBooks now” and type into the search box, “publication manual of the american psychological association”
  10. On the search results, scroll down to the 7th edition (the cover is orange and blue) and click the “View Details” button or the book title.
  11. On the page that opens with details about the book, click the blue “Add To My Shelf” button
  12. On the “My Shelf” page that opens, click the green “Start Reading” button. The book is available through May 25, 2020