Globalization affected various aspects of human life. One of the strongest effects was unification of different spheres; giving proper credit to authors and sources was not an exception. APA was introduced to unify the system of proper citing. Personally, I think that unification of citing is the biggest importance of APA formatting.
The unification of citing guided to a systematic approach in style of formatting. Despite, the systematization of formatting, consequences of the approach are both positive and negative. The positive impact of the systematic approach is the comprehensibility of citation to a wide community. However, systematization implied simplification, but a prerequisite set of guidelines alas generated complexification. Failure to follow guidelines leads to plagiarism, apparently, the most frightening issue, especially in academic or scientific works.
As a piece of advice for current or future students I would like to share my personal experience using APA formatting. Honestly, I heard about APA formatting when I started my Masters’ degree. This is sour reality of many Kazakhstani universities, where you are not required to follow any formatting which consequently result that students are not informed about APA formatting at all. Reasonable, my first advice for students is to get acquainted with the style. My first usage of APA was spontaneous and chaotic, unfortunately that I still cannot get rid of chaos in my use of APA. Another piece of advice that I would like to share is to learn APA formatting properly when the time and energy allows achieving this. Contemporarily, most of the universities arrange writing centers or even separate courses regarding the formatting styles, which are extremely useful and indisputably should be attended.
The third and probably the most useful piece of advice is that APA formatting is more that just citing. This includes many more things like organizing table of content, headers and footers, tables and figures etc. In order to simplify the use of APA formatting, I would recommend learning MS Word, one of the most widespread editing applications.
To sum up, unification of formatting is a extremely useful approach, however which implies some difficulties with complex guidelines. The efficiency of formatting can be improved with the help of various editing and formatting tools.