My experience with using APA style

I was introduced with American Psychological Association [APA] style for the first time four years ago when I started doing my first Action research in the professional development program. Since that time I tried to follow the rules and structure of this style while writing various research papers. However, before entering NU for master’s degree, I thought that APA style is only a rule of formatting, citing and referencing. But after reading Algozzine, Spooner, and Karvonen (2002), I understand that a general structure of the research paper, content and meaning of sections, word limit are also regulated by APA. As Algozzine et al. (2002) state, “According to APA style, a special education research article should include an abstract, an introductory section, a description of the method, a presentation of results, and a discussion section in which the outcomes are evaluated and interpreted..” (p.24). Although I did not have any experience using other styles, I would like to focus on two important sides of using APA:

Firstly, APA style helps me to structure my writing. As it was mentioned, a research paper includes abstract, introduction, methods, etc. I plan each section accordingly to the style.

Secondly, APA style is used by many researchers and organizations. So, there are a lot of guidelines, technologies which can support writers to check their referencing and citing format.

However, one of the challenges of using APA for me is a citation of an author’s idea when the author cited another author’s ideas (secondary source).

Today I realize that, improvement of writing in accordance to APA style comes with regular practicing the writing skills and reading different sources. For example, the papers called “Preparing special education research articles in APA style” and “How to prepare research article in APA style” by Algozzine et al. published in 2002 and 2010 respectively provide good examples of articles written in APA style.

Reference list:

Algozzine, B., Spooner, F., & Karvonen, M. (2002). Preparing special education research articles in APA style. Remedial and Special Education23(1), 24-30.

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5 thoughts on “My experience with using APA style

  1. Dear Gulzina,

    thank you for your insightful post about APA style. I myself learnt more about the necessity and importance of following APA while writing this post. I thought APA is only about citing, paraphrasing and referencing, too, however it also deals with the content of writing. APA style guides researchers to organize papers properly; moreover it gives us directions on how to structure paper and what the word limit must be for every part of a paper.
    I totally agree that to master formatting paper in APA style, we need to practice a lot.
    Thank you for sharing the source on APA, I will look through it to deepen my knowledge in APA.

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    1. Thank you, Bota!
      Writing weekly assignments, especially this post about APA style and reading other students’ posts are really helpful to learn more about the importance and usage of APA.

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  2. Dear, Gulzina

    Thank you very much for your post with relevant reference. I found the article by Algozzino, Spooner and Karvonen to be useful for people who are going to conduct research and share it with others.

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  3. Gulzina,

    Did you see what I posted for everyone called “The Meaning of Primary and Secondary Sources”? This might help you to understand. I tried to make it as simple as possible.

    A few grammar things—–

    Your sentence: Since that time I tried to follow the rules and structure of this style while writing various research papers.
    Revision: Since that time, I HAVE tried……

    Your sentence: However, before entering NU for master’s degree, I thought that APA style is only a rule of formatting, citing and referencing.
    Revision: However, before entering NU for THE master’s degree, I thought that APA style WAS only a rule of formatting, citing and referencing.

    You mentioned technologies to support writers. I was wondering what they were.

    Thanks for mentioning those articles. I will look them up and read them.

    Ann

    4.5 out of 5

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