If you’re a student, educator, instructor, or researcher using APA Style CENTRAL, we invite you to watch a video tour of 15 APA Style CENTRAL updates to learn about recent additions designed to facilitate your work and save you time.
This 45-minute webinar recording includes demonstrations of five major updates released this past spring, including:
We also highlight 10 additional enhancements to the Learning, Research, and Writing Centers that we’ve made since APA Style CENTRAL launched in July 2016:
- Improved Spell Check
- Importing tables from Microsoft Word
- Verify Information tool for importing references and tables
- Tutorial sections in the Learning Center
- Transcripts of Quick Guides and Tutorials
- Importing references from RIS files into My References
- Adding reference books in the Research Center to My References
- Viewing reference types and sorting by Reference Type
- Adding searchable notes to any saved reference
- Exporting References from APA Style CENTRAL
New features and improvements in APA Style CENTRAL are often rooted in user feedback, and the product development team carefully considers any change suggested by our customers. Please let us know what you think of APA Style CENTRAL or if you have an idea for an enhancement that would help you!
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Friday, August 10
11:00 a.m. What’s New with APA Databases
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Saturday, August 11
11:00 a.m. New Features and Functionality for APA Style CENTRAL
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Do you need to create an APA Style® reference list for sharing with your journal club, collaborating with a colleague, or preparing a course assignment? APA Style CENTRAL® can help with that!
How to export a paper’s reference list formatted in APA Style as a Microsoft Word file:
1. At the top of the screen, expand the My File Cabinet menu and select My Papers to view your list of saved papers. Open the file containing the reference list you want to export.
2. In the left navigation menu of the paper editing screen, use the arrow to expand the EXPORT menu and select Download.
3. Under the Download Paper heading, select Word (*.docx, selected by default) or PDF as the file type.
4. Use the Download Paper button to export the file.
5. The exported file will be saved in your browser’s default Downloads folder (or the location specified when saving the file).
Tip: To obtain a reference list for an annotated bibliography, begin a new paper by entering a title and then use the Add References button to immediately begin creating your reference list (see screenshot below). When you’ve finished adding references, use the steps above to export the paper as a Word file and continue working in Word to insert your annotation for each reference.
This expert tip was inspired by a question from a user like you! Have a question of your own?
Please let us know at Support@APAStyleCENTRAL.org.
APA’s training specialists have developed several webinars for librarians, instructors, and students that include a content overview and a live demonstration of features.
Click on any session link below to register (all times are US Eastern Time).
APA Style CENTRAL Overview (60 minutes) introduces librarians, faculty, and students to the platform:
Teaching With APA Style CENTRAL (60 minutes) details how faculty, librarians, and other instructors can use APA Style CENTRAL in teaching APA Style:
Writing Papers in APA Style CENTRAL (30 minutes) teaches end users how to create and save papers using APA Style CENTRAL:
For more information, including the full training schedule, visit the APA Style CENTRAL webinars page.
The purpose of a reference list in APA Style® is to acknowledge the work of previous scholars and provide a reliable way to locate that work.
What if you want to acknowledge a source that can’t be retrieved, such as a conversation, live lecture, or private letter?
This information should be treated as a personal communication, which is cited in the body of the paper but not included in the reference list.
You can cite a personal communication in your APA Style CENTRAL® paper by clicking the Personal Communication button in the editor menu or selecting from the Insert menu.
Once you provide the information needed—the individual’s name and the date of communication—the citation will appear in the paper body, including the words personal communication.
Because personal communications can’t be retrieved by a reader, they are not included in the reference listIn APA Style CENTRAL, you can edit personal communication in the body of your paper, as you would any other text.
- Research interviews with participants are NOT considered personal communication; they are qualitative data and should be reported in a way that respects confidentiality. For more, see this post on the APA Style blog.
- If the communication was shared with you personally but is now retrievable—the conversation is on a discussion board, the lecture can be found on YouTube or a podcast, or the letter is published in a periodical or book—you can treat it as any other reference (i.e., create a reference to that retrievable source).
For more information, see the APA Style CENTRAL quick guide “Personal Communications.”
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