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The new APA Style 7th edition has arrived

The American Psychological Association (APA) released the seventh edition at the end of October 2019. The APA Manual is thoroughly revised and updated to reflect best practices in scholarly writing and publishing that have evolved in the ten years since the previous edition came out.

Changes in APA 7th edition aim at simplifying referencing and in-text citation. The Library has updated its APA pages fo the new edition [https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/library/support/citations-and-referencing/apa-american-psychological-association-style/] and notable changes in the seventh edition are detailed there (http://bit.ly/APA7th-changes).

APA is the most widely used referencing style used in coursework at UC. The Library supports students in the use of APA referencing and we recommend that courses adopt the new APA 7th edition from Semester 1 next year.

For scholarly writing the APA Manual has:

  • a new chapter on bias-free language guidelines for writing about people with respect and inclusivity in areas including age, disability, gender, participation in research, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and intersectionality.
  • expanded guidance on ethical writing and publishing practices, including how to ensure the appropriate level of citation, avoid plagiarism and self-plagiarism and navigate the publication process.

Copies of the new, full-colour APA Manual are held in the PJH Central Library and the EPS Library. [http://ipac.canterbury.ac.nz/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=a&npp=30&index=bib&term=2799943]

Image of the cover of the APA Manual at https://secure.syndetics.com/index.aspx?type=xw12&isbn=1433832151/LC.GIF&client=ucanterburyl&upc=&oclc

Citation advantage for open access at UC

The scholarly publishing market is changing rapidly. The UC Library and R&I has been assessing the potential impact of developments such as Plan S on UC researchers to identify how we can prepare to meet them.

We investigated the rate of citation for articles produced by UC researchers and founding an overall citation advantage for research in open access publications. Specifically, we found that articles deposited in the UC Research Repository were cited 129% more often, on average, than articles only available behind a paywall (a.k.a. ‘closed access’).

Getting your work into the UC Research Repository is straight-forward:

  1. In Elements, upload the manuscript accepted by the publisher (and any other versions that you have).
  2. Select “Accepted version” and click deposit.

UC Library staff will double-check copyright compliance before uploading the correct version into the UC Research Repository. If you have questions or would like support with this process, get in touch with your subject librarian.

Making your work open access doesn’t have to involve costly article processing charges. Publish anywhere, deposit here.

Library Survey 2019

We’re looking at ways we can improve our services and we need your help.

We’ve developed a short (5-8 minute) survey to provide us (the University of Canterbury Library) with information about how our users interact with the Library’s staff and resources.

The objectives of the survey is to further understand how we can offer timely, appropriate support and effective information at the point of need and to provide users with the opportunity to communicate openly and honestly with the Library.

The survey will be available  from 9 September – 6 October.

The competition is open to UC Students and subscription borrowers.



UC Library | Ngā Puna Mātauraka
Phone: +64 3 369 4888
Email: library@canterbury.ac.nz

Appointment to the Library and Information Advisory Commission

Te Paea Paringatai (Manager Customer Services, UC Puna o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha – UC Library) has been appointed as a Commissioner on Ngā Kaiwhakamārama i ngā Kohikohinga Kōrero – Library and Information Advisory Commission (LIAC) for a three year term.  

This is a significant appointment on a body that reports to the Minister of Internal Affairs on matters relating to library and information services in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Te Paea is actively involved with international library networks, having served in the IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section, as a Standing Committee member, and in her current role as Chair for the Indigenous Matters Section.  IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users’ and is the global voice of the library and information profession.

Te Paea is professionally registered and an Associate of LIANZA (the Library and Information Association of New Zealand). She is also the first and only person to have served as President of LIANZA 2016-2017, and before this as President of Te Rōpū Whakahau (National Māori Association for Libraries, Culture, Knowledge, Technology and Information) 2012-2016.  

In recognition of her leadership and influence, Te Paea was awarded the Te Rōpū Whakahau Meri Mygind Wahine Toa Award in 2016.

Te Paea’s strengths are in culturally responsive leadership and management experience, applied mātauranga Māori praxis, local government, and working knowledge of the library and information management sector.  She is passionate about the intergenerational transfer of wealth and knowledge, and sees the role of libraries as essential for empowering citizenship, evolving thought leadership, and community convergence.

Ra Steer
Team Leader, Customer Services| Poutoko Ratonga Kiritaki

UC Academic Staff Survey: Impact of electronic information resources in your research and teaching

In early May the UC Library, in partnership with Ithaka S+R will invite UC academic staff to participate in a research study – an online survey – about the impact of digital technologies on their research, teaching, and publishing.

The survey’s answers will inform strategic decision-making with respect to research and teaching resources by helping the library gain insight into how our academic staff currently work with information resources in an environment increasingly shaped by digital technology.

The survey’s answers will be shared for analysis, in non-identifiable aggregated form, with the UC Library, other New Zealand university libraries, and Ithaka S+R, who are administering the survey on behalf of the New Zealand university libraries. Ithaka use standard questions that will also allow us to compare responses internationally.