Often a student enters an adult degree program at Indiana Wesleyan University having taken few or no college preparation courses. He or she may never have seen a scholarly work—or any work with footnotes or references. When the student then encounters APA and the emphasis IWU puts on implementing it properly, success in college can be called into question.

In this series within the Off Campus Library Services (OCLS) series, Jule Kind, Director of Off Campus Library Services (OCLS), and fellow librarians share about multiple facets of APA Style CENTRAL. OCLS functions within Jackson Library to provide a variety of research tools for onsite and online students in the College of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS).

Overcoming Student Doubts

When the librarian demonstrates APA Style CENTRAL and shows how the title page can be effortlessly created, the student begins to think, “Ok, this isn’t too bad.” The student does not have to understand the terminology, such as running head or pagination or even how to do it. As the librarian continues to demonstrate how to add references to the paper and then to cite the references in the text, the student is won over.

The student decides, “I CAN do this!

Gone is the frustration of trying to follow pages of formatting instructions to get everything italicized correctly. APA Style CENTRAL does it for them. There are many opportunities in this cloud-based software to learn about the nuances of APA. By using APA Style CENTRAL, the student is free to focus on the research process and content of his or her paper. There is more time to consider what the content will be and is free of the irritations of correctly formatting the paper. This is the beginning for a successful student!

Ask an OCLS Librarian!

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of using APA Style CENTRAL for your own writing or helping your students to become better writers, please contact any of the OCLS librarians. We would be happy to provide a webinar for a group, work few/one-on-one, and answer questions that you have.

Question: How can APA Style CENTRAL empower your students? Please leave a comment below.

Contributor: Lisa Hayes / Southwest Ohio OCLS Librarian

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