Mastering APA style

Discussion: APA Discussion 1

Mastering APA style often presents a challenge to those unaccustomed to academic writing. However, there are several reasons why perfecting APA style is an essential part of academic scholarship. At the most practical level, APA writing conventions provide a common standardized language for sharing work with others. Others can easily read and understand work presented in APA style and can quickly identify the resources used to complete the work. An APA citation enables scholars to meet their ethical obligation to give other authors proper credit for their work. However, mastery of APA goes beyond practical or even ethical concerns. Proper use of a format widely accepted as a standard for scholarly publication, such as APA style, can serve as a signal to other scholars and researchers that you apply a degree of precision in your writing and research. Using APA style helps scholars to be practical, ethical, and credible.

To prepare:

  • Reflect on your performance on APA Quiz 1.

BY DAY 3

Post an explanation of new insights you have gained by completing APA Quiz 1. Explain a strategy you would use to improve your skills in the covered APA concepts. Finally, explain the resources you would use to improve your skills and why you would use them.

Read all of your colleagues’ postings.

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

REQUIRED READINGS

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

  • Chapter 1, “Writing for the Behavioral and Social Sciences” (pp. 9–20)
  • Chapter 6, “Crediting Sources” (pp.169–192)

 

IParadigms, LLC. (2017). How Do I Cite Sources?. Retrieved from http://www.plagiarism.org/article/how-do-i-cite-sources

 

 

IParadigms, LLC. (2014). Understanding Plagiarism. Retrieved from http://www.plagiarism.org/understanding-plagiarism

 

 

Walden University. (n.d.). Academic & Community Support Resources. Walden e-Guide. Retrieved from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/waldeneguide/eguidesupport2
This section of the e-Guide provides useful information about academic resources and other support resources. Focus on the Academic Integrity sub-section.

 

 

Walden University. (n.d.). Academic Skills Center: Plagiarism. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/ASCsuccess/ASCplagiarism

 

REQUIRED MEDIA

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012e). Walden University: Introduction to scholarly writing: Finding a scholarly voice [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 4 minutes.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012f). Walden University: Introduction to scholarly writing: Plagiarism and academic integrity [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 5 minutes.