The first time I started to use APA citation style was in 2011, when I studied at Professional Devepolment Program for teachers at Nazarbayev University. While writing my action research project during this course, I learnt how to write a paper of good quality. “Good Quality” for me is the effective way of using paraphrasing and citing, organising appropriate reference list and in-text citation, using right format and style and avoiding any kind of plagiarism (including self-plagiarism).
Today, I want to share my experience on how to start your route for a “Good Quality” paper.
Firstly, APA citation style is a uniform system which can help us to examine any article fast, paying attention to both general ideas of the article and details (retrieved from “Why Is APA Style Needed” http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/why-apastyle-needed.aspx). As different academic and non-academic resources are following some kind of citation styles, it is necessary to be aware of how to work with the resources with less time consuming. However, there are some difficulties which can be met in the context of using APA citation. How to organise the reference list correctly? How to refer to different sources inside the text? One of the most important issues which is still difficult for me how to cite the secondary source? Moreover, how to know that the interpretation of the secondary source is correct and appropriate one in the given article?
In order to answer these questions I found out that different universities across the globe have an APA guidelines for their students, which are accessible for any person via internet. In addition there are some useful websites and tools in the internet (www.apastyle.org, and http://www.citationmachine.net). Here you can find the answers to these questions and organise your reference list automatically on any academic formatting style (APA,MLA, …).
A not less important idea, I would like to share is connected to paraphrasing and in-text citation techniques. In order to avoid any kind of plagiarism, or self-plagiarism, it is better to refer to the author of the ideas, words, phrases, notions we are going to use. However, sometimes we find it difficult to introduce someone’s words or ideas. For this matter, I usually use a special wordbank of verbs for making in-text citations (Khoo, 2005). Certainly, it is not the whole list of academic verbs for citing, nevertheless this list is very helpful for my academic writings.
To sum up, I want to say that once you have accustomed to use APA style you will not be able to imagine your life without it.
“Citation Machine.” Citation Machine. Web. 17 Sept. 2015. <http://www.citationmachine.net/mla/cite-a-website/edit>.
Khoo, E. (2005). Verbs for citing sources. Academic Vocabulary Series. Retrieved September 17, 2015, from http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ccds/sites/utsc.utoronto.ca.ccds/files/5.pdf
“Why Is APA Style Needed.” APA Style. American Psychological Association, 2011. Web. 17 Sept. 2015. <http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/why-apastyle-needed.aspx>.