Writing/APA Style

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Writing/APA Style

  1. 1. Scholarly Inquiry in WF ED APA Editorial Style & Scholarly Technical Writing
  2. 2. Scholarly Inquiry in WF ED APA Editorial Style
  3. 3. Common problems…
  4. 4. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.) <ul><li>APA Manual is the style guide for preparing all WF ED course papers, research papers, and theses. </li></ul><ul><li>APA Manual is not authority on composition of papers and theses. </li></ul>
  5. 5. APA Editorial Skills Assessment <ul><li>Assesses whether the doctoral students possess skills in application of APA editorial style </li></ul><ul><li>WF ED graduate faculty consider these skills prerequisite for doctoral study. </li></ul><ul><li>Two opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>May use APA Manual </li></ul><ul><li>Must meet 85% correct criterion </li></ul>
  6. 6. Graduate School Thesis Guide <ul><li>APA Manual — manuscript preparation guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Thesis Guide — provides all local requirements for preparing theses. The Graduate school will examine theses to assess conformance. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Chicago Manual of Style is a useful writer’s reference <ul><li>APA Manual — manuscript preparation guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>PSU Thesis Guide — more manuscript composition guidelines & PSU requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Fine details of grammar and composition in Chicago </li></ul>
  8. 8. Scholarly Inquiry in WF ED Scholarly Technical Writing
  9. 9. A few writing recommendations… <ul><li>Direct </li></ul><ul><li>Orderly </li></ul><ul><li>Organized </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent </li></ul><ul><li>Consider whether to use passive voice </li></ul><ul><li>Precise </li></ul><ul><li>Smooth transition </li></ul><ul><li>Economic </li></ul><ul><li>Use appropriate jargon </li></ul><ul><li>Pay attention to grammar/spelling </li></ul>
  10. 10. Manuscript submitted… Article in print…
  11. 11. For more about this project, http://PSU-HRFutures.notlong.com
  12. 12. Scholarly Inquiry in WF ED APA Editorial Style & Scholarly Technical Writing

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