More you know about APA, more you get confused!

I first encountered APA style when I was a third year bachelor student at the University of International relationships and World languages in Almaty. That time all our APA studies were merely about numbering pages, running titles and fonts. No teaching was around citing another writer’s reports properly and referencing correctly. Students’ course final papers and diploma works included countless numbers of other authors’ sayings and research findings, however none of them was quoted according to APA style format. The most exciting matter is that any student was not blamed for plagiarism.

Once I took up Master’s program at Nazarbayev University, I became aware of other “dark” sides of APA, consequently I totally changed my perception of citing and referencing. APA is one of the most powerful “legislative documents” in academic and research fields. Incorrect quote and reference or in other words “plagiarism” entails strong critique and student drop out. Personally I experience various challenges in using APA format for my University papers. The most paramount difficulty is the complexity of the style. It is excessively confusing and time consuming thing to get familiar with the whole APA format. In my mind it is too complicated to memorize all the details and differences of citing books and articles, essays and research papers with one author or many of them.

In addition, plagiarism is highly prohibited issue in academic deals. In order to avoid plagiarism researchers and students are supposed to paraphrase other authors’ words. In such cases the most difficult thing for me not to lose the idea while changing the words.

However not everything is unpleasant about APA style. Being a systematic way of “documenting sources used in any academic paper”, APA regulates researchers’ rights in each and every field of science.Retrieved from APA is like an endless maze for me, more you go ahead, more difficulties are faced. Therefore I recommend students who are just beginning to working with APA to devote as much time as possible to study it. Refreshing APA knowledge and using your thoughts are also should be borne in mind of every researcher.


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5 thoughts on “More you know about APA, more you get confused!

  1. Thank you for post. The way we cited at university was the same. And we called it state standards of citing. I think to remember all rules of citing is not an easy job and I suggest to use citation mashine.


  2. Dear, Zhuldyzay

    I would definetely agree with you on the issue of citing and referencing in our state universities. Now when we are aware of the existence of uniform style like APA, it seems we were not working properly on our diploma works, and in my case on my master thesis. It is really awkward that we were not even suggested to look through existing styles of formatting,referencing and citing. I think it is a huge gap in our Higher education program, and it needs urgent actions to be taken. Otherwise plagiarising trend will continue to thrive.


  3. Dear Zhuldyzay,

    I would definitely agree with you on the point that unfortunately majority of Kazakhstani universities do not follow the simple rules of giving credits to someone`s work or in the worst case even do not know what it does mean. Likewise, I agree and support Botagoz`s ideas on taking some actions to improve the current situation in order to reap of what we sow.


  4. Zhuldyzay, excellent post. There is a clear and natural progression of ideas as you build on your initial experiences up to the present state. I see a confidence in engaging with the question that makes your writing interesting to read.

    I can only recommend to look back over your writing for errors with articles:
    “In addition, plagiarism is ___ highly prohibited issue”

    and commas:



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