APA format

  1. Hey guys...I could use your help.. I am in the RN-BSN program and all our papers have to be in APA format. I have the book, but I've heard there are websites out there that will format your paper "for you". I see a couple that cost $$$$$ !!!!!!!...does anyone know of any that are possibly free downloads? Appreciate the help!
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    I just finished a BSN completion and now in the MSN program. I would advise asking your instructor (in each class, no less) what they want you to use. There are MANY, MANY interpretations of APA format. Believe me, there is no easy way to do APA - however, asking your instructor will set you up with what reference you need. Good luck...
  4. by   debblynn13
    You could try this site. They have an APA format free trial download. I just downloaded it myself, but haven't used it yet. It makes up the reference page as you go along. My teachers aren't too picky as long as it is in some type of APA format.


    Good luck,
  5. by   mitchsmom
    That is one of my pet peeves... different "interpretations" of APA format... there should be only ONE - that which is in the current APA Publication Manual. I kills me that a teacher will freak out on you about some tiny APA infraction and it turns out that they are not even right because they are going by the version they learned 13 years ago.

    Anyway, forgive the ranting... I have the APA Publication manual, which I think is almost more confusing than NOT having it at times, but still somewhat helpful and I do use it alot. I also have the CD that formats papers for you. To be honest, I found that once I did a paper or two it was not that big of a deal and I don't even use the disk (someone gave me the disk after I'd already done a couple of papers). I usually just open one of my old papers or a sample paper from the teacher if it's available and fill in my information over the old stuff. There is a sample APA paper in the back of the Publication Manual. You can also find a bunch of examples by googling "APA format". Just my 2 cents! Best wishes.
    Last edit by mitchsmom on Sep 13, '04
  6. by   JKiwi

    The example paper is helpful. It highlights different formatting bits with page numbers for the info in the APA manual.

    Yep, my professors have been quite clear that they expect perfect APA format. Just another hoop I suppose!

    good luck
  7. by   Katnip
    Make sure you get the most current APA format. I did a paper once using an online format and it was a year old...wrong format and I got points taken off. If you have the latest book edition, use that.
  8. by   babynursewannab
    I downloaded a template from http://www.ReferencePointSoftware.com.

    It cost me $25, I think. Yeah, it sounds like a lot, but it was the best thing I ever did. I would pay $100 now for making my life so much easier for papers. My classmates would get points docked all over the place for format and I would walk away with 100% on format EVERY SINGLE TIME. I, seriously, could kiss the creator of that thing.

    My advice: BUY IT! You will never have to write up a reference page again, references are entered by fill-in-the-blank and citing things in the body are nothing more than clicking on the author's name and choosing the right citation style for the moment --- even there, it tells you when you should use each of the options.

    I could go on...
  9. by   rnmi2004
    We need the "banging head into brick wall" smilie for when we're talking about APA formats!
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  11. by   RedSox33RN
    APA is so frustrating. I was in TEARS last semester while in English Comp., trying desperately to do my reference page and all the while referring to my APA style guide. No matter what page I looked at, it over-rode what the previous page said about what should be italicized, what should be in parenthesis, etc. It should have been written in Martian, because that's all I could get out of it.

    I'll gladly pay $25 for a program that does it for me.