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APA Guide

APA Writing Style

Clear communication is the primary goal of academic writing in the APA Style.  This is achieved through:

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Writing in the APA Style - Quick Lessons

Continuity in Writing

  • Use an outline to ensure that information is presented in a logical manner.
  • Use punctuation and transitional language to provide continuity in the presentation of ideas.

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Continuity in Writing

Learn how to create continuity in the presentation of your ideas through the use of punctuation and transitional words.

Academic Writer

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Smoothness of Expression

  • Academic writing is different than creative writing.
  • Abruptness may be caused by changing verb tenses or an absence of transitions from one topic to another.

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Smooth Expression

Learn how to write smoothly, including how to distinguish scientific writing from creative writing, choose verb tenses, and clarify modifiers in noun strings.

Academic Writer

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Tone

  • Writing is professional and persuasive.
  • Ideas are presented directly and reflect the author's involvement with the issue.

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Tone

Learn how to achieve the appropriate tone for a scientific paper, including strategies for remaining professional yet persuasive.

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Economy of Expression

  • Concise writing avoids wordiness and redundancy.
  • Lengths of sentences and paragraphs are chosen to aid understanding.

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Concise Expression

Learn how to write concisely, including how to avoid wordiness and redundancy and select appropriate lengths for sentences and paragraphs.

Academic Writer

© 2016 American Psychological Association.

Precision and Clarity

  • Precision and clarity in writing is achieved by selecting words carefully and avoiding jargon.
  • Precision and clarity are aided by making logical comparisons and selecting appropriate pronouns.

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Precision and Clarity

Learn how to write precisely and clearly, including how to make good word choices, avoid colloquialisms and jargon, make logical comparisons, and keep attributions clear.

Academic Writer

© 2016 American Psychological Association.

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