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Copy of Basic APA Formatting

A Guide on how to do APA using MS Word 2010

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APA Basic Formatting What is APA style formatting?
How do I use it?
Why do I care about it? What You Will Learn: What is APA style formatting? So . . . why is formatting important? How Are MLA and APA different? How do I use APA style? If you’ve been asked to submit a paper in APA format, your instructor is asking you to format the page and present the content in a specific way. Just as football referees dress a certain way, and Japanese chefs cook a certain way, writers in certain disciplines follow a certain set of conventions, known as APA format or APA style. This prezi will show you how to format a paper in APA style ...as well as other things using MS Word 2010 What is APA Style? APA (American Psychological Association) is a style of writing that social and behavioral scientists use to present scholarly written materials in their professional fields. It was developed to establish a standard writing style that would make communication of scientific ideas easier and more consistent. Since the style is recommended for the social sciences, instructors of psychology, sociology and other similar classes may require their students to use APA formatting for all papers. There are a number of different citation formatting systems, but the primary systems in university use today are the American Psychological Association system, which we call APA, and the Modern Language Association system, which we call MLA. Writers generally use APA formatting in fields such as psychology, sociology, criminal justice, health sciences, and education. MLA is generally used in the humanities, foreign languages, English, and literature. Here are examples of APA formatting both as they appears “in-text” and as they would appear in the “References” list: In Text: Reference Page: Critics of the cartoon have even stated that "Bugs Bunny may appear to be a cuddly wiseacre who means no harm, but the fact is that he is a hostile, destructive force" (Ellis, 1994, p. 409).


According to Ellis (1994), "Bugs Bunny may appear to be a cuddly
wiseacre who means no harm, but the fact is that he is a hostile, destructive force" (p. 409).


Ellis (1994) argues that "Bugs Bunny may appear to be a cuddly
wiseacre who means no harm, but the fact is that he is a hostile, destructive force" (p. 409).

or "Block" formatting for longer quotations (40 words or more)

Ellis (1994) makes an argument against a famous cartoon character:
Buggs Bunny may appear to be a cuddly wiseacre who means no harm, but the fact is that he is a hostile, destructive force. One example of the bunny's evil nature can be found in his attack on Elmer Fudd, when he injures Fudd by making a shotgun backfire. The bunny also does battle with Daffy Duck in multiple occasions, causing rather serious bodily harm. (p. 409)
Clearly Ellis has overstated his case, as a cartoon character's actions, while violent, cannot be considered overtly hostile or destructive. Author's Last name, date, and page # Ellis, N. (1994). Bugs bunny is not what you think he is. Cartoon Studies Quarterly, 63, 406-21.

*Note: The journal title (Cartoon Studies Quarterly) and the volume number (63) should be italicized, but we can show italics in this Prezi (this presentation format). Take a look and examples on the following slides. APA APA In Text: Critics of the cartoon have even stated that "Bugs Bunny may appear to be a cuddly wiseacre who means no harm, but the fact is that he is a hostile, destructive force" (Ellis, 409). Author's Last name, page # MLA Here’s an example of MLA formatting both as it appears “in-text” and as it would appear in the “Works Cited” list: Works Cited Page: Ellis, Nancy. "Bugs Bunny Is Not What You Think He Is." Cartoon Studies Quarterly 63 (1994): 406-21. MLA Similarities between APA & MLA 1. Papers are double-spaced
2. Margins are one inch all around (Note. Graduate students may be required to use 1.5 inch margin on the left, for binding).
3. Page numbers must be included and positioned in the upper-right corner of the paper.
4. Page headings are positioned on the upper-right hand corner proceeding the page number.
5. Sources must be cited at the end of the paper. MLA APA Requires a title page Does not require a title page. The writer's name, instructor's name, course #, and date is placed on the top-left corner of the first page. Often requires an abstract Does not have an abstract Block quotations are indented five spaces or one tab (.5 in) from the left margin Block quotations are single spaced and double indented (10 spaces) from the left margin. In-text citation places the author's last name, date of publication, and the page number of the reference in parenthesis. In-text citation places the author's last name and page number of the reference in parenthesis. Bibliography is titled "References." Bibliography is titled
"Works Cited." Differences APA is fairly simple, once you get the hang of it This video will walk you through how to do it step-by-step using MS Word 2010 For more help with MLA, visit Purdue's website at:
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ For EVEN MORE help, visit http://www.easybib.com/

This site does most of the work for you, but always double check it for accuracy! click me Three Reasons Why Citation is Important Reason One: Because ideas are the currency of academia First, citing sources is important because the currency of academia is ideas. As a result, academics want to accumulate that currency; they want to get credit for their contributions. When a writer cites ideas, that writer honors those who initiated the ideas. Reason Two: Because failing to cite violates the rights of the person who originated the idea Second, keeping track of sources is important because, if you use someone else's idea without giving credit, you violate that person's ownership of the idea. That sense of violation you feel, the sense that something valuable has been stolen from you, suggests why failure to cite sources hurts another person. Reason Three: Because academics need to be able to trace the origin of ideas Third, keeping track of sources is important because academics value being able to trace the way ideas develop. Giving credit to the original source of ideas is the right thing to do, as well as the basis on which academia is built. Basically, we cite and use proper formatting because it is respectful, proper, organized, and systematic. If you have any other questions about APA formatting, please talk to your professor, consult your textbook, or make an appointment with an OWC professional tutor. Thank you! Here is an explanation of how to
write an APA Reference Page click it For more help with APA style,
check out http://www.apastyle.org/ American Psychological Association Let's start with APA Here is basic model to follow: For help with building a Reference page
go to http://citationmachine.net/ the journal title should be italicized You can find other examples on the web at sites like Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWC): owl.english.purdue.edu Here's another sample paper in APA style: What are APA style headings?
Why use them?
How do they help me?
How do they help the reader?
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