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Model Journal/Research Paper

Review the attached student-done model journal/paper.  It is not perfect, but it is student-done and serves as an excellent guide for how the journals/papers should be written in APA format using author-date method of citation and other formatting requirements.

IWU APA Paper Template

Review and use this template for your journals and papers written in APA format.  The formatting is inbeded in the template; just edit the document with your own titles and narrative.

APA Setup, Guidelines, & Tips PPT

Narrative, examples, guidelines, screen prints, and writing tips on setting up papers and writing in the APA style PowerPoint.

Citing non-periodical web sources.

It is very popular among students to cite web pages in their journals and papers.  This document edited from the Purdue University Owl provides guidance on how to cite in the narrative and list these sources on the References page.

When to cite?
This document provides some guidnace on when to cite sources when writing journals and research papers.
Citing on line journals and books.

Edited guidelines from the Purdue University Owl on citing on line journals and books.

Help with the APA from IWU Off Campus Library Services.
This link is to the APA publisher's tutorial on writing in the APA style.


 APA Help 
APA Requirements

For some time, the University has been trying to get all courses and cohorts to conform to the APA style. There has been some inconsistency regarding which assignments should be done in the APA format and inconsistency even among facilitators in grading and writing requirements. I have instructed all my students to submit all written assignments in the APA format unless expressly instructed otherwise. I spend much time with my students helping them to write in the APA style. I provide links and samples as well as giving advice and feedback to students in this regard. In February of 2011, the University advised all facilitators that written assignments should be done in the APA 6th Edition format across all classes and cohorts. Leniency and care should be taken to help students with the writing in the APA. Beginning in 2011, all classes and cohorts were expected to follow the APA 6th Edition. The APA is a scholarly, collegial, and strict way of writing. It requires attention to detail as well as formatting. For example, use one size, type, and color (black) of font throughout your paper (remove all blue hyper links) even on the Running head and reference page. I provide each of my students with an APA check list that facilitators will use to grade papers going forward in 2011. I recommend that you compare and contrast your papers with the samples that I have provided and use the check list to proof your papers. I hope you find this check list of value to you during your academic career. Be sure to review the guidelines, model papers, APA template and other materials that the University and I have made available to you. Thanks for all your hard work.

APA Sample Paper with Commentary
This sample paper from the Purdue Owl illustrates how a paper in APA format should be prepared.


APA PowerPoint

Information regarding writing in the APA and manually setting up your paper.

How do I cite the Bible?  Identify the version you used in the first citation of the paper's narrative. Example: (2 Cor. 5:17 New International Version). You do not need to identify the version in subsequent references unless you switch to a different version. (2 Cor. 5:17). According to the APA Publication Manual, reference entries are not needed for the Bible and other major classical works on the References page.


Personal Communication: For interviews, letters, e-mails, and other person-to-person communication, cite the communicator's name, the fact that it was personal communication, and the date of the communication.  Do not include personal communication in the reference list on the References page.

(E. Robbins, personal communication, January 4, 2001).

A. P. Smith also claimed that many of her students had difficulties with APA style (personal communication, November 3, 2002).


Self Plagiarism: Many students believe that they can use their previous work in any manner they wish. This is not necessarily true. According to the APA 6th Edition Publication Manual, self-plagiarism (also known as recycling fraud or autoplagiarism) is the reuse of significant, identical, or nearly identical portions of one's own work without acknowledging that one is doing so or without citing the original work. Students sometimes recycle papers from previous classes and try to pass them off as new original work. This is unethical and is academic fraud. Put another way, in academic fields, self-plagiarism occurs when an author reuses portions of his own work in subsequent papers, but without attributing the previous work. The core of the new work must construe an original contribution to knowledge and only the amount of the previous material needed to understand the new contribution should be included. In these cases, the student should cite their previous work.


How can a student cite a student's previous paper in a current journal or research paper? Use the author-date method of citation. For example: Many students find that writing in the APA style is difficult (Davidson, 2012). The paper must also be listed on the References page:


Davidson, T. N. (2012). Why must we write in the APA? Unpublished manuscript.


Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work. Unpublished manuscript.

Why must we write in the APA? (PLEASE READ)
This document provides for an understanding of the APA requirement.  It also identifies common errors made by students in scholarly and academic writing as will as provides writing expectations and guidance.
IWU APA Scholarly Paper Checklist
Attached are the guidelines that your IWU facilitators use to grade your journals and research papers.  You can use it to give your papers a final check before submitting them for a grade.
APA Citation Basics
This document edited from the Purdue University Owl covers APA citation basics with examples.
This link is the the Harvard University tutorial on the APA.  It is the best tutorial that I have found.  I highly recommend it.
The Purdue University Owl is the best website that I have found for help with the APA.
This link will take you to the ReferencePoint web page where you can veiw a tutorial on how ReferencePoint will aid you in APA formatting.  I have used this software.  It worked for me and will save you time and effort.  There are also other software programs on the market offering the same service.

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