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WriteCast Episode 22: Make APA Style Work for You: How to Navigate Gray Areas


Exploring APA Style | Walden University Writing Center Blog

This month on the podcast and blog, we're featuring topics related to APA style. We're starting off the month with our 22nd WriteCast episode: "Make APA Style Work for You: How to Navigate Gray Areas." APA style rules aren't always black and white, or even in the manual. In this episode, Brittany and Beth discuss some "gray areas" of APA style and how students can approach them in their writing.

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  1. Andrea Hayes NURS 6050June 16, 2015 at 4:49 AM

    Thank you for the writing cast. This was helpful. It not only helped reduce my anxiety levels as it relates to APA format; but I believe it also helps many grey areas stick out when I am writing. Some people learn better by seeing, hearing, or doing. I learn better by seeing, hearing, and doing. But in some topics, like APA formatting, I become more confused when I see a bunch of references on a page in a reference guide. This audio helped be relax and enabled me visualize some of the grey areas, which will hopefully guide me in my writing. I think that reducing anxiety about APA rules are the first step in becoming a successful scholarly writer. This will allow me to focus more on the content and professionalism as a writer and see APA format as a guide to help the reader and myself as I write. The knowledge that the faculty also went through this process and are understanding to the development of a scholarly writer also aids in the reduction of anxiety and increases the belief, that I too will become more and more successful as I write and excel in my degree program. Again thanks for the perspectives you took the time to point out.

    1. Thank you so much for this very kind comment, Andrea! We are so glad you found the episode helpful, and this is exactly why we try to create different forms of information. Hope you'll keep listening!

  2. Beth and Ann you had alot of food for thought with knowledge of the Gray Areas in writing. I will take the time to take notes which helps me understand better, especially when I am multi-tasking to gain knowledge in writing and assignments. Thanks for the study and notes.. Pam times 2. :)! I got it.

    1. We're glad that our WriteCast episode had been helpful for you!