APA Fact of the Week: Parentheses

Posted August 28, 2015

When writing your dissertation, it is necessary to understand APA’s basic mechanics of style. Regarding parentheses, writers may find it difficult to decipher how, when, and where to use them. The APA Manual details the general use of parentheses in Section 4.09 (APA6, pp. 93–94). Outlined below are a few common examples students experience when

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APA Fact of the Week: Nouns Followed by Numerals or Letters

Posted July 17, 2015

Capitalize all nouns followed by numerals or letters that denote a specific place in a numbered series (APA6, p. 103). On Day 2 of Experiment 4 during Trial 5 as shown in Table 2, Figure 3B, and Chapter 4 Grant AG02726 from the National Institute on Aging Exception: Do not capitalize nouns that denote common

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APA Fact of the Week: That & Who

Posted June 19, 2015

APA Fact of the Week: That & Who Use that (or in some instances which) to refer to objects and nonhuman animals. Use who to refer to human beings, including collected groups or categories (students, participants, warriors, etc.).   Example: Correct use of that   The lizards that were used in the first experiment were

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Living via Eternal Recurrence

Posted June 15, 2015

Eternal recurrence means that every time you choose an action, you must be willing to choose it for all eternity. And it is the same for every action not made, every stillborn thought, every choice avoided. And all unlived life will remain bulging inside you, unlived through all eternity. And the unheeded voice of your

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APA Fact of the Week: Citing Web Content

Posted June 12, 2015

Citing web content in the reference list follows a similar format to other references. Basic Format: Author, A. (date). Title of document [Format description]. Retrieved from http://url Ex. Martin, G. R. R. (2015, June 10). Wars, woes, work [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://grrm.livejournal.com/ *A format description is only necessary if the format is unusual

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APA Fact of the Week: Passive Voice

Posted June 9, 2015

APA 6 prefers active voice to passive voice in almost all cases because active voice emphasizes the actor rather than the recipient of the action. Active voice: Han shot Gredo. Passive voice: Gredo was shot by Han. Here, active voice emphasizes the importance of the person shooting over the person being shot. When it is

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APA Fact of the Week: That vs. Which

Posted May 29, 2015

Students writing their dissertations often confuse their usage of the words that and which with each other. While both are relative pronouns, meaning they introduce an element subordinate to the main clause, the kinds of clauses these pronouns may introduce differ per APA guidelines. APA6 (2010, p. 83) explained: Clauses introduced by that are called

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Posted May 15, 2015

Over the years, I’ve worked with thousands of Ph.D. candidates and dozens of businesses, and although each one, ultimately, got to where they needed to be, their paths and approaches always seemed to fluctuate. Consistently, there have been those clients who seemed to take everything in stride, moving moment-to-moment as if life were a dance

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Get Quiet, Stay Attuned

Posted April 6, 2015

With January behind us, and hopefully our resolutions still intact, it’s time to reflect on any positive momentum we’ve built over the past month.  While most of us understand the need to take meaningful time out of our hectic lives to sit and reflect, few of us do this at regular intervals, and even fewer

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