How To Become Professional Academic Writer In 2020

How To Become Professional Academic Writer

How To Become Professional Academic Writer
How To Become Professional Academic Writer

Hi, this is Matt with the Purdue Global Library, we're going to review APA's Academic Writer tool. Academic Writer is the APA's only authorized and authoritative online learning tool for APA Style and it's now been updated on the 7th Edition.

In Academic Writer, you'll not only find tutorials and examples and templates all about APA rules you'll also find effective writing tools, like a complete writing module and forms you can use to create references in APA Style. 

we'll review how to get to Academic Writer, how to navigate its Learning, Reference, and Writing Center, and how to create an account with Academic Writer. To get started, all you have to do is direct your browser to the library.

What is Academic writer or find the Academic Writer link on our homepage or various other places on our website. Now, in this article we're going to be very brief, this resource is very deep, but we don't really have enough time to go over every single nook and cranny, but I did want to give everybody a head's up on what the different sections are.

So the Learn section is the one most people are going to want to use. It's divided into Quick Guides, Tutorials, and Samples. Quick Guides and Tutorials are very similar, they have similar formats and the Quick Guides are basically very short Tutorials about specific topics.

So for example, how to cite a book. The Tutorials are longer ones, that'll be a full tutorial on how to use APA Style like a full introduction or introductions to other complex topics.

Now once you get to the Quick Guides area it's organized by either title or you can browse by topic. If you go to the Learn section then click on Quick Guides then Reference List, you'll see there's an option on how to cite a book, how to cite a journal article.

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Now in this particular tutorial, it's a book reference, so you can click Start and then see that it's a full tutorial with interactive elements. And, the cool thing about it is instead of being an article,  where you have to wait through the whole thing or a certain part to get an answer,

you can actually skip through! If you're really just curious about dealing with the source element with books, you know what is a DOI, or how do you deal with publisher's names,

you can just skip directly to that or if you want to see how to format a title, click on the Title section, get those answers very quickly, you can see they've got an example there as well as the rules.

So you can basically think of these as mini-lessons But the thing you like about the 7th edition version of these is how fast you can get to the information you want and also how comprehensive each tutorial is.

So really check those out, especially if you're starting with APA Style 7th edition, check out those basic ones, check out the Basics of APA Style tutorial and then go to Quick Guides, check out the journal article and book and other common source types that you there.

Now the other sections are pretty self-explanatory, Sample Papers you can find a template there you can base your paper off of, Sample References, this is where you'll find lots of quick examples.

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so here's an example of an edited book there you go, you can follow that format for the edited book you're trying to cite Now with this section, the Learning Center, you can get to any of it just by going to Academic Writer.

However, if you do want to access the Reference Center and the Writing Center you do have to create an account. Creating an account is pretty easy, you just click Welcome and then Log In.

In this case, I already have an account, my browser has remembered it, which has always been the case for me, so once you set this up to your browser if it's like mine, kind of remembers it.

But in order to create an account, you just have to click Create an Account, you can use your student email, your personal email, whatever you want, just remember that you're the one managing the email and the password so don't forget them once you do create them.

Once you have those, you'll basically be able to navigate around any part of the Academic Writer site. The Reference Center, very briefly, is where you can add a reference and actually manage them session-to-session within here.

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So, that's why it wants you to create an account, so it can remember who you are later on, so when you've created a journal article citation, you can get back to it or if you create you create a citation for your textbook you can get back to it in other assignments.

And the Reference section is really useful if you're actually writing the paper within Academic Writer. So that's why it's different from other APA websites, that's why it's different from just going to Google, typing in "How do I cite a book in APA?"

Not only do you get the answer straight from the APA itself, this is a tool from the APA, they created it, this is exactly how they want it, it's how they want you to learn about effective writing and APA style, so you're only getting the answer directly from them, you're also, what's available to you, is a full suite of tools that allow you to create a paper and edit it in APA Style.

So here you can see I've actually already started a paper, just a brief example paper, once you're in there it's basically similar to Microsoft Word except it guides you through things that Word won't.

Like for example, formatting your title page appropriating, if you click on that it'll guide you through entering your course number, entering your course name, and you'll see other tools to help you through the different elements of the paper.

Now you can write the whole paper in APA Style, I've actually done it, it's pretty neat, you can write on it session-to-session, or different browsers and different computers.

But at any point, even if you just want to set up the paper, set up the title page, and maybe set up your References page, you can do as little or as much as you want, and then once you get to the point that you want to start editing in Microsoft Word, just click Export, click Download, and then Download Paper.

that will allow you to save it to your computer and then you can edit it from there! So that's it for this quick introduction to Academic Writer and a review of its different features and tools.

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