From Bad Habits to New Habits... Our 8 Steps
- Make sure that you use paragraphs! Your writing cannot be ONE long paragraph.
- Remove all hedging: "I read the article..." OR "I chose this article because" OR "I agree with this author" OR "What this author is saying is that..."
- Remove all expressions like: nowadays AND in today's society
- Do not start ANY sentence with "For example" OR "Also" (you can often just remove that but oftentimes these sentences are fragments so be careful with that)
- Remove all listing and recipe directions: "then the author said..." OR "The next point that the author makes"
- Give your piece a title. It has to be a clever academic-styled title today. FORMULA= A CATCHY PHRASE OR QUOTE [COLON] A DESCRIPTIVE OVERVIEW ("Mobilizing a Movement of the Mind": The Fate of Literacy in the 21st Century… please note that if I use this Aja Monet quote as a title, I have to reference her work somewhere in the piece so that the title's origin is obvious)
- Do NOT call the author by her/his first name. Use the last name only.
- Make sure that you name the article and the author as soon as you first address the text with APA in-text information. Here is an example: In "It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens," Boyd (2014) convincingly argues that young people are not as naive and reckless with their online pursuits as adults portray them. (from now on, direct quotes must have a page number)