This APA stuff is a hassle. What's the point, anyway?
References, Schmeferences. Who cares?
All APA does is lower my grade because I never get the citations right. Whatever.
Does this sound familiar? If it does, we understand.
But, we also know APA style is more than just citations, it makes sense, and it's really important for you to care about it.
Here are some of the reasons why:
In other words, APA formatting and style is much more than italics and hanging indents. It is about being an expert information consumer and creator.
It is using specific language and formatting to make you an authority and active participant in your field. It is being respectful to those who came before you by giving them credit. It is also inviting your readers to continue the meaningful conversation.
Think critically about information—whether it’s from a blog post, a book, or a peer-reviewed journal article. Ask questions about the author(s), the purpose, and the context of the information. Recognize the value of diverse ideas and world views. When you create your own information, establish your own authority by using quality resources, citing your sources and not sharing misinformation.
Understand that the research process gives you the chance to participate in an ongoing scholarly conversation in which information consumers and creators come together and negotiate meaning. You have an opportunity to gain from the conversation of others and add to the conversation for others!