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Rules for APA Style
- No first or second person-only third person. Do NOT use: I, me, my, mine, we, our, you or your
- Do NOT use contractions.
- Do NOT use acronyms until you have defined them. Do not introduce them unless you will use them multiple times in the paper.
- Keep sentence structure short and direct.
- Use primarily active voice, not passive voice. The doctor administered the medication. NOT The medication was administered by the doctor.
- Do NOT use anthropomorphisation. Do not give non-human things the abilities of humans. Do not use: The books/article/website said…
- Do NOT refer to sources by format or title, only by author and date.
- Avoid redundancy. Be clear and concise.
- Do not confuse summary with conclusion. A summary is a restatement of what was said. A conclusion is a presentation of new information based on what was said.
- Pronouns-overuse of pronouns can be confusing. Eliminate ambiguity. [Ex. The nurse took the patient's temperature. She then left the room. Who left the room?]
- Avoid colloquial or informal phrases or terms, but do not use words you do not understand in an attempt to make your work sound formal
- Spell out numbers less than 10, unless part of a percentage (e.g. 2%) or to indicate time (e.g. 8:00 pm)