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Writing Help

Cite Your Sources!

If you didn't write it, think it, draw it, or create it - cite it! Give credit where credit is due; you must cite whenever you use:

  • Another person's idea, opinion, or theory.
  • Any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings, or information that are not common knowledge.
  • Quotations of another person's exact spoken or written words.
  • A paraphrase of another person's spoken or written words.

Review the sample paper linked below to guide you through formatting your paper in APA style.

Not all sections in the sample paper will necessarily apply to your own. If you're unsure about what to include in your paper, talk to your instructor.

APA Style Paper Template in Microsoft Word

Students, faculty, and staff have access to an APA Style paper template in Word, which is already formatted according to APA style rules. Follow the directions below to open the template, then simply add your own work to the pre-formatted sections. 

On-Campus Access

  1. Open Word
  2. Click the Assiniboine College folder from the list of suggestions on the right
  3. Choose Assiniboine APA 7th Edition Student Paper Template (click the little pushpin icon to pin it to your Word home screen)
Off-Campus Access
  1. Login to your Office 365 account
  2. Click the Install Office button in the top right-hand corner of the page
  3. Once Office is installed, open Word
  4. Click the More templates link from the list of suggestions on the right
  5. Click the Assiniboine College link below the blank page template
  6. Choose Assiniboine APA 7th Edition Student Paper Template (click the little pushpin icon to pin it to your Word home screen)

Writing Basics

Once you've found information to use in your paper, it's time start the writing process. Click the helpful links below to learn more about writing a research paper.

Tutorials

Choosing a Topic

Learn how to choose a topic for your paper that will make the research and writing process easier.

Building Research Papers

Learn how to build your research paper using articles and other sources to support your arguments.

Using the Proper Voice in Writing

When writing your paper, you have to be careful to use the proper voice. To learn about different voice styles, see below.

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