Wednesday, 17 February 2021

6 of the best to demystify APA

I have many students who are new to APA - either through a long time away from a formal learning environment, or who are new to Western styles of citation and referencing. As a result, I have put together six video clips to help students QUICKLY start to learn what APA is, when to cite, and how to reference. These videos have an overall viewing time of three hours.  Yes, I know: THREE HOURS (well, 2 hours, 52 minutes). But  - in my view - these six provide a huge return on investment for us all through increased work quality, and increased depth of understanding of what referencing is for. 

First, we have two videos to show us the base principles, from Dr Seuss (aka Theodore Geisel), and Dr Stephen Fox of the University of Hawaii. Watch the video below first, which shows the first twelve pages of Green Eggs & Ham by Dr Seuss (1960) [00:29]:

Then watch the video extract (used with permission) from a 2014 TurnItIn Webinar run by Dr Stephen Fox [18:37]:

Once those two clips have been digested, we can move onto two webinars developed by the American Psychological Association (APA). First, watch the following webinar on referencing [1:10:22]:

Next, watch the following APA webinar on paraphrasing [1:00:56]:

Then we need to consider quoting. Watch the very short clip from the University of Auckland on this [3:27]:

And lastly, watch a vlog post by Dean of Graduate Research at Flinder's University, Tara Brabazon, on referencing (2020) [18:43]:

That should give a good hand up to all of us new to APA!



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