- There are similarities and differences between APA and MLA. While MLA cites the author’s last name, first name, APA cites the author’s last name, first initial. In MLA, when the author’s name is not listed within the text, the writer would cite the author’s name and the page number at the end of the sentence. With APA, if the author’s name is not listed within the text, the writer would cite the author’s last name and the year the material was published at the end of the sentence.
- There are various writing styles because different writing styles are used for different subjects. For example, APA is typically used in social sciences. Such as Psychology and Sociology.
- In order to avoid plagiarism, in-text citations are required.
- Purdue OWL is a great website to determine how references should be formatted. In APA, formatting of references depends on if you are citing a book, article, personal interview, video, etc.
WHAT IS SURPRISING ABOUT APA?
Now, that I do have all of the answers to my questions, I am surprised writers have to include a header with APA writing. I understand the importance of a header on the first page, but not through out the paper.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIIFICULT RULE TO REMEMBER?
Great question! Even after understanding APA writing, I find the most difficult rule is to remember to add a page number to an in-text citation after using a direct quote. In my opinion, that is a rule you really have to think about when writing in APA style.
I love using APA writing style. From using it three years ago, to now, I still have questions and sometimes difficulties. But, APA writing style is a great writing style to learn.