Formatting Software - recommend any certain one?

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Specializes in Psychiatry.

Can anyone recommend a good, user friendly, formatting software?

What do you want to format? A hard drive? A paper?

Specializes in Psychiatry.

For a paper, APA style

Specializes in Adult Internal Medicine.

Refworks is great.

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

Your school may require a specific format, like APA. You can download APA off the American Psychology Association website. Non-scientific is generally AMA format.

i personally don't see much use for any of these commercially availableformatting programs, as it is easy enough to format your headings and paragraphstyles in ms word. if you do opt topurchase one, make sure that you can edit the output format if needed. for example, the apa recently published the apa style guide toelectronic references, sixth edition, which is available for purchase as apdf file. one major formatting change isthe manner in which a doi is cited.

if you can, purchase a copy of one of the citation management programs(i.e., endnote, refworks, etc.) at a discounted student rate. if you have downloaded an extensive libraryof articles, you can use these programs as an indexing guide. i purchased a copy of endnote last year. however, i thought that i would try it, as itis advertised to both format references, as well as the in-text citation. the includedtemplate for apa 6th edition required editing, and the in-textcitations were never quite right.

i realize that formatting the reference list can be tricky. however the biggest problem is in knowingwhich format to use. even with one ofthe commercial programs, you still need to know which reference format isappropriate. if you haven't done so, youreally need to purchase the publication manual of the american psychological association (6thed.).

there are also several on-line resources available, although some arehorribly inaccurate. one in particular that is very good is the perdue owl: onlinewriting lab. you might also find theapa style blog useful as well.

good luck with your writing.

Specializes in Adult Internal Medicine.

IMHO learning to use a tool like Refworks or EndNote is in your best interest if you think to may go into research or go to grad school. It has many uses other than just formatting. Hopefully

your school provides access to a tool.

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