Answered By: Paul Lai Last Updated: Aug 13, 2015 Views: 327
A serial comma (often called an Oxford comma) is the comma that is used to separate items in a list of three or more things.
APA uses the serial comma between every element in a list. Thus, APA uses the serial comma even before the words "and" or "or." For example, view the commas in the sentence below:
The interview subjects discussed management, promotions, hiring, and other workplace topics.
Even when the list is made up of longer sentence elements, the same rules apply:
The researcher requested consent forms to hand out, determined interest in the project by asking a few preliminary questions, distributed information regarding the project’s guidelines, and eventually found his population.
- See the Writing Center's website for more tips on using serial commas.
- See How do I make lists in APA?.
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