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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.
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.
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)
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