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Is APA taught in Intro English class?

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My question is whether any of you work in colleges where APA format is taught in an Introductory Writing class, or do you have to teach it to your students? Our English Department doesn't teach APA format, although many majors require it.

Not in my experience, because APA format is only one of several different styles "out there" and it's not the one that the English/literature world uses.

In English, we were required to use MLA format. In the nursing courses, we were taught, and required to use, APA format.

MunoRN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 10 years experience.

There is no standard format, APA is just one of a number of citation formats, so many schools do not include APA as a required part of their curriculum. Personally I think it's a bit silly to mandate that any particular format be required over another.

The English Comp classes are supposed to teach the student MLA or APA based on their major and what they will need. I still have to teach it to students though. I have a list of resources and videos to show formatting.

We are required to use APA format, but you buy the book and figure it out yourself. this is a great source when you are not sure how to do something specific APA Style Blog

Kristenlaurenw

Specializes in Nursing Faculty, ER Nurse. Has 6 years experience.

In English classes I was required to use MLA. In journalism/ PR/ advertising classes I was required to use AP (associated press) format. I was never introduced to APA until I became a nursing major.

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 43 years experience.

Where I teach ... the nursing faculty produced a short 3-page paper on the most common elements of APA. Of course, they use APA format for the paper. All students get a copy and it is readily available to all -- providing not only a quick reference for common formatting questions, but also a great example of it use.

dudette10, MSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Academics. Has 9 years experience.

There is no standard format, APA is just one of a number of citation formats, so many schools do not include APA as a required part of their curriculum. Personally I think it's a bit silly to mandate that any particular format be required over another.

It's mandated in nursing school, and if one plans to be published in a nursing journal, APA format will be expected. It isn't silly; it's aligned with the citation format of the discipline.

It's mandated in nursing school, and if one plans to be published in a nursing journal, APA format will be expected. It isn't silly; it's aligned with the citation format of the discipline.

Not necessarily. While APA style might be used by the majority of nursing programs, a growing number of nursing publications require the use of AMA style with manuscript submission.

dudette10, MSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Academics. Has 9 years experience.

Not necessarily. While APA style might be used by the majority of nursing programs, a growing number of nursing publications require the use of AMA style with manuscript submission.

True that it is a growing requirement, but APA continues to be required by a majority of nursing journals (not a plurality--a majority). And, my statement that it's not silly to mandate a specific citation style is still accurate, in that it aligns with the expected style of journals in the discipline.