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APA Referencing & Paper Formatting

For all Wikis which use media from elsewhere!


     "Oh dear lord, I'm the only one here" quoth [xido].   <img:44166_1164145147.gif>
     "I guess I will have to educate us all on APA Formatting."<img:44166_1164469631.gif>

     He reluctantly grabs the pointing stick, and points to the chalkboard, striking each letter as he says them,
     "A - P - A, stands for American Psychological Association. We can figure that this is a bunch of people, and which is most likely a big group of old geezer nitties who like to write about Psychology and such. They have been known to enjoy writing things, about things that other people write about, while writing things........  It's called Empirical Science. Anyways, that's a different damn wiki."  <img:44166_1164218111.gif>

     Moving around the front of the room, he continues, sighing heavily, "Since I came here thinking that someone wouldst be here, writing and and such, I figured I would find people had already been posting lots of informative things about how to cite references from the web and beyond, and I'd just step in and watch things, maybe help here or there.....  Instead I find a massive blank void of emptiness and doom on the page heretofore."

     "Hence: In the coming months, I will be posting how it is that we cite a reference in APA format, so that all of you - who art nits and are wondering, wandering or erstwhile lost on what we are even talking about - may perhaps grasp such a simplistic and legal-friendly subject as proclaiming someone else's rights to a writing, artwork, or media (just about any kind) while writing about it or even picturing or linking it on/from the web. What's better is that will be professional. How's that for a kick in the pants?"  <img:44166_1164557415.gif>

     We use and love Elftown Graphics!!!!!


(All Currently Under Construction.)

APA - What is it and Why Use it?

Referencing a Publication

Referencing an Artwork or Media Piece

Referencing Web Material

Other APA Citation Tips
(All Currently Under Construction.)


Referencing a Publication or Media

     First and foremost, to reference a work, you must do it in two ways:

   - In-Text Citations: for things like quoted verses and published material.
   - Bibliographic Citations: your bibliography or references list.


In-Text Citation

     A typical In-Text Citation looks like this:
   - (Last-Name, F., 2006)

     This format shows the last name first, first name second, and finally the year date of the work, publication or media.

     For more on In-Text Citations, please see the online resource:


Bibliographic Citation

     A typical Bibliographic Citation looks like this:
   - References:

   Last-Name, F., & Second-Author, N., (2006). Title of the Work in Question. From A Great and Wonderful Printing
      Press, Flint, MI, 48532.

     This is simple, basic, generalized and might even get you in trouble with an APA-oriented instructor if you use it in the wrong context or with the wrong type of media or publication. Please check out the rest of the APA wiki page links for more detailed portions on each of those subjects.


Why do we Reference things?

     Which brings me to my major point in this class: Why do we reference things like this?

     BECAUSE if you didn't write that book, and you didn't make any of the artworks in it, and you post them on your house or wiki without even mentioning the website or URL (that means web address, kiddies) of the work, then you are stealing. It is on the legal books as PLAGIARISM. Please see Copyright and Intellectual Property for more on that, and I will stop ranting about it.




     Reinking, J. A., & Von der Osten, R., (2005). Strategies for Successful Writing : A Rhetoric, Research Guide,
          Reader, and Handbook
. From Pearson Education & Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 07458.

     Harris, M., (6th ed., 2006). Student Guidebook to Proper Citation in APA Format. Taken from 'Prentice Hall
          Reference Guide
, Sixth Edition.' From Pearson Education & Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 07458.

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2006-11-29 [xido]: <img:44166_1164469642.gif>
Any of thou who might be so inclined to help may do so. If there is another wiki on Elftown about this topic, please let me know. Ophiodus help me.

2006-12-10 [The Dizzy Raven]: I sure don't think there's another wiki like this...I've never run accrossed any and I'm everywhere for dragon wikis

2006-12-10 [xido]: It has to do with referencing and bibliographies of writing/media, and not just with dragons, but it is also important to making sure that Elftowners stay professional about the stuff they post around the town, and keep from plagiarising.
I have a lot of work cut out for me... XP

2006-12-10 [The Dizzy Raven]: Wow O.O

2006-12-10 [xido]: You said it.  <img:44166_1164145209.gif>

2006-12-10 [The Dizzy Raven]: That's too much for one person...WAY too much

2006-12-11 [xido]: No way... You don't know how I write when I get going on here.  <img:44166_1164218094.gif>

2006-12-11 [The Dizzy Raven]: You type fast?
same here

2006-12-11 [xido]: Not really too fast, but when I get going on a project, I typically get it done quickly.

2006-12-11 [xido]: Needed:

Quotations, Paraphrasing, and avoiding plagiarism tips
add 'and Public Emotions'
Article - Newspaper/Magazine
Database/Network Resource
Helpful Tips : Authors/Artists, Dates, and Photography
Scholarly Journals

Any other ideas?    <img:44166_1164144921.gif>

2006-12-11 [Angel Dreamer]: Useful and interesting, I like it :D

2006-12-11 [xido]: <img:44166_1164145171.gif>
Yay! Huzzah!      <img:44166_1164218120.gif>

2006-12-11 [The Dizzy Raven]: I can do helpful tips with art and writing and I can help in Artwork/media like (I am doing now. lol)

2006-12-11 [The Dizzy Raven]: Wow! It's looking better! ^^

2006-12-18 [xido]: Thank you. I am doing more while I am on break from classes.

"Lady Illadriel: I can do helpful tips with art and writing and I can help in Artwork/media"

Please see that page. I will be diving into that soon enough. If you want to focus on web art material, focus on that page instead. I will make sure you get credit if you help out on this, m'lady.

2007-02-11 [The Dizzy Raven]: Of course, Will. ^_^
And thank you

2007-02-12 [xido]: No problem... Referencing an Artwork or Media Piece

I will have some more info going up soon. ;)

2007-02-12 [The Dizzy Raven]: alright. cool ^^

2008-09-09 looney: what is apa form i m doing it for a class and have no idea wat it mean

2008-09-10 [xido]: APA Formatting is the referencing layout used by the APA, as well as some papers and in college, depending on the school and/or professor.

It is a simple system for documenting where you find information that you use. I made a simplified version here, and you can use it for most any form of media/writing used in your own papers. It makes sure that you're not cheating by saying where you read what you are writing about.

It is pretty much: Name (Last Name, and First & Middle Initials), (Date). Title. From Source (Details if in a magazine, publishing series, etc. - Issue, Volume, Page Numbers, etc.). (If online:) Retrieved on Date, from

Inside your writing, when you are using material that is not yours, right after it write in (Author, Date) like it is in your reference's beginning portion. See the examples I used here in the links, and do a Google search for APA Formatting if needed. There is a lot of information out there for it.

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