Apa Citations Checker for On-line Papers

Updated on September 17, 2010
K.H. asks from Grand Prairie, TX
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Hello Everyone,

I'm new to the school online thing but i desperately need to know if there is a apa checker out there to help me check my papers before i turn them in. I had never even heard of APA formatting etc. Its been about 10 yrs since i've been in school.
A friend of mines has a checker thru her online school it was great, i need that in my life.

Thanks in advance

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answers from San Francisco on


Above is a link my professor gave us for information on APA. Not a checker, but some good information. Maybe it will help?

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answers from Chicago on

Well, I too attend online school and I use these two different sources....Purdue which gives you the guidleines and examples http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
and this one that tells you how much of your paper is similar to other papers, or other sources....but I think this one has to offered by your school? http://turnitin.com/static/index.html
Anyway good luck and I hope you find what you need!

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answers from Dallas on

If you are using Microsoft Word to type your papers, it has a built-in APA citation formatter in it. Go to the tob tab that says references, make sure the format is APA (instead of MLA or Chicago), click manage sources. You can enter in all the source information for your paper here, by type. Then as you type, you can insert click the insert citation buttion to add an in-text citation. When finished you can use the bibliography button to generate a works cited section or a bibliography page in the proper format.

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answers from Kansas City on

When in college English, I used http://citationmachine.net/ It walks you through. You pick APA or MLA format, next what the resource is (book, magazine, website, etc), then fill in the blanks and it creates the citation for you. You can cut/paste it onto your bibliography page. Simple. (It even gives you the in-text citation!)

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answers from Stationed Overseas on

I used University of Phoenix and my grandpa had just finished his masters so he had bought this program called Dr.Paper. It is an APA formating checker. As you type in it it corrects you, at least for me it did. you have to buy it. Try and research it online to find it and see if it fits what you need. Good luck :)

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answers from Dallas on

I had to ask this question to several of my friends because they had gone back to school before I did and I knew they uesd something. Several are avaliable to download for around $30. The one that friends of mine have used and like is http://www.perrla.com/ I am going to dowload it my self later today.

I have been useing citiation machine for my references that is free on line. and like others have said owl.

My school also has way that you can turn your paper into a company and it takes 24 hours for them to get back to you with corrections.It is called Smarthinking. For my school it is located on the blackboard learning System in the dropdown menu for each class on the left hand side.
Good luck

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answers from Dallas on

Hi K! If you school subscribes to RefWorks, that will do it for you, but your school has to subscribe. I use a program you buy, called Endnote, but it's not cheap (usually about $100 if you buy at the student rate through your college bookstore)--I'm an English prof and published author, so it's clearly worth it for me, but it's not necessarily worth it for only undergrad papers. ProCite is similar, but also not cheap.

As a previous poster pointed out, Word 2007 or 2010 will do it for you under the "references" tab. If you're using books, go to worldcat.org, look up the book, then click on the "citation" link, and it will show you how to cite the book in a variety of formats (MLA, APA, etc.) Free online sites that will format your citations for you include http://www.calvin.edu/library/knightcite/ and easybib.com For both of these, you plug in the information, and it will format it for you. None of these will check your paper for you--you still need to know what you need to cite, and where from--but they all will format your citations for you in APA form. If you need help figuring out what to cite (to avoid plagiarism! Please don't plagiarize! I HATE having to flunk students for plagiarism!), google the website for The Everyday Writer and you'll find information and tutorials for learning what you need to cite, how to properly quote, paraphrase, etc.

Congrats on going back to school, and GL!

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answers from Grand Rapids on

Check with your school. If it is University of Phoenix,the CWE has a tool you download called RiverPoint Writer. It formats the spacing,title page and headings for you.

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