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Academic Writer Tutorial

Use Academic Writer to learn more about APA style and to help format your papers.

Reference for Students

The Reference tab helps you manage the references used in the research process. To use this feature, you will need to be logged into your Academic Writer account.  When you click on the Reference tab, the site will ask if you want to manage existing references or add new ones to your account.  See the boxes below on how to use each function in the Reference tab.

Manage My References

The Manage My References tab lists all references you have already imported or created.   The gray toolbar above your list lets you delete existing references, add new ones, or check your list for duplicate references.  Other options include organizing your references by specific criteria and adding custom notes.  You can organize your list by the following criteria:

  • Author
  • Date
  • Title
  • Reference type
  • Date added
  • Verification needed

To delete a reference, select the checkbox on the left side of the list and click "delete"

Add References

To add references, you can do it in 3 ways:

  • Search for a premade reference that exists in PsychINFO (search for the citation)
  • Import an .ris file
  • Create your own (inserting the bibliographic information manually)

If you create your own, make sure you correct your title case using the buttons! For more information on importing, watch the video below.