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  • Referencing Less Common Classical Texts: An Example We must, at times, combine multiple recommendations from the APA Manual. For example, classical documents typically do not receive a References page entry. Normally, we only cite them in-text. However, if we use a less commonly known document and if we need to refer to that document as a major subsection of our research, we should probably consider a Reference entry format. We might also consider this option if the standard requirements for citing a classical text might be bulky or confusing. This is especially true for works that do not fit the “major classical works” format (APA Manual, p. 179).In such cases, web references could be used if available, but this might mean counting a very large ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2015, 8:41 AM by Daniel Roberts
  • Sorting Rules for APA References Pages Certain complicated collections of reference sources can arise in our projects. Because cutting edge research is usually led by a few specialized researchers, you may often find sources with overlapping or identical authors. We might have multiple articles by the same authors, multiple articles with the same lead author, or articles by the same author published in the same year. How do we decide which goes first in the references page? The sorting priorities are (a) author, (b) publication time, (c) title. Use the following chart to sort out commonly confusing entries. When you have:                               You will: A single author that wrote one reference and was the lead on another reference Place single author entries before multiple author entries. We ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2015, 11:16 AM by Daniel Roberts
  • Consider Adapting a Generic Outline as a Potential Aid to Your Process - A Reflection by Dan If you ever take up the topic of drafting with one of our Writing Center consultants, you might feel overwhelmed by the number of different ideas available to help us draft quickly. Once upon a time, I thought this information didn't apply to me, and that I produced better papers by editing the first draft as I wrote it. I thought that the time of drafting was the best time to be focused on the details. Little did I know the benefit to having draft earlier, to adding thoughts any time they occur, and to having more time to let the language evolve. In the end, though, it turns out that I was taking a lot more time to ...
    Posted May 14, 2015, 3:29 PM by Daniel Roberts
  • Always Write As You Read All of us mark our texts. Some of us even write in the columns. But how many of us start writing while we are still searching for and reading through research sources? Most of us take notes during class, but how many of us rewrite those notes within 24 hours in order to make them easier to study and understand later? The academic schedule is, of course, busy. This is even more true for those students who are also working or performing clinical rounds while attending a program. We need to invest in our ability to access academic information from many angles by listening to lectures, by taking clear notes, by exploring surrounding research, by discussing the ideas aloud, by ...
    Posted May 14, 2015, 3:32 PM by Daniel Roberts
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