Academic Writer (APA 7): Getting Started
From Rachel Walters
Academic Writer (APA 7): Getting Started
This video will show you how to create an Academic Writer account, log in, navigate the Learning Center, and create a title page in Academic Writer.
Hi, it’s Rachel Walters from IWU Off Campus Library Services.
Academic Writer is an online paper writing and editing tool that helps you learn about APA Style and helps you create your own APA Style Papers with the correct format.
The easiest way to log into Academic Writer is through your Brightspace online classroom. Do not add Academic Writer to your bookmarks as this can cause errors. You need to login through Brightspace every time.
There are two ways to access Academic Writer. The first is from the Tools for Success! Widget. From your course home page, scroll down to the widget and select Academic Writer.
The second way is through IWU Resources.
From your course home page, select the green Course Menu icon. In the left-hand menu, select Course Dashboard and then select IWU Resources. Find the Academic Support & Resources area, under APA Resources select Academic Writer.
If you do not have an Academic Writer account, fill out the form, and click Create Account. Be sure to write down your user name, email, and password information. Off Campus Library Services does not have access to your Academic Writer account.
If you have logged into Academic Writer before, you should automatically be logged in.
Find the blue ribbon at the top of the page. If it says Welcome and your name, you are logged in.
Please note that Academic Writer is not compatible with Internet Explorer or Edge browsers. You can use Firefox, Chrome, or Safari browsers.
Academic Writer has three different sections. The first is the Learning Center. From the Academic Writer homepage, select the green LEARN tab. You will see that there are tools to help you learn APA Style and return when you want to double-check something.
There are Quick Guides that are 2 to 5 minutes long. Tutorial videos 10 to 30 minutes long.
Sample References are extremely helpful. If you want to double-check how to cite a specific resource, check the sample reference. A tip to make it easier to find a particular reference type is to sort the list by topic by selecting the button next to Browse by topic.
Suppose you are looking up how to cite an authored book, select Book, and then select your book type from the list. You can click the title or show details to see sample references.
If you use tables or figures, you may want to check out the sample tables or figures section.
To start writing a paper, select the orange WRITE tab to open the Writing Center. Select Write a New Paper. Academic Writer provides you with several templates, but we recommend selecting the Basic Paper template. Select the title to open the template.
The next step is to choose whether you are writing a student or professional paper. The Student Assignment option is the default. Select Submit to continue.
Enter a title for your paper. You can edit this later if you want. The Add References option allows you to immediately begin adding references to your paper. Select Start Writing to start writing your paper.
A window appears with a link to Site Help. Select OK to continue.
This view is called the paper editor. You will notice it looks very similar to Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or other word processors. The editing toolbar appears above the body of the paper.
The first thing you will want to do is create the title page. Along the left-hand side is the menu you will use to go to the different sections of your paper—select Title Page.
This is where you make changes to your paper title. Get in the habit of clicking the Format in Title Case button. It will make sure your title has the correct capitalization.
With APA 7th edition, a Running Head is not required for student papers, so that field is not included. If your instructor wants you to include a Running Head, there is a checkbox at the bottom of the page you can check to include a Running head. If you use a Running Head, it will be a repeat of your title.
Type in your course number and the course name.
Type in your Professor’s name.
Select the Month and Day from the drop-down lists and type in the Year.
Click Save and Continue to Author(s).
On the Authors screen, you will type in your information since you are the paper writer.
The default Affiliation Type is Institution, and in the box, you will type Indiana Wesleyan University. Yes is the default for the question, Is this institution a college or university?.
Scroll down and click + Save to Author List. Scroll up to the top of the page. On the right side of the screen, you will see your information is added to the Author List.
You have completed your title page. To see what your title page looks like, select the Preview tab.
Academic Writer has formatted everything for you. Everything has correct spacing and capitalization.
When you are ready to export your paper, click Export in the left-hand menu and click Download. Make sure you download the paper as a Word document, which is the required format.
Pop-ups must be turned on for your paper to be downloaded. The first time you do this, you may need to allow pop-ups.
Academic Writer will download your paper to the folder you have set for your downloads. This is usually the Downloads folder. Depending on the browser you use, you may be able to click on the download at the bottom of your browser window to open it automatically.
Click Download Paper. Click the download to open it up. The paper has opened right into Microsoft Word.
Before you submit your paper, check it for any spelling, grammar, or format errors.
Most of you probably have Grammarly downloaded already, so a quick warning. Academic Writer and the Grammarly Chrome browser extension do not communicate well and cause errors. Be sure to disable Grammarly on the Academic Writer website. You can use the Grammarly app or Grammarly in Microsoft Word to check your paper for grammar and spelling errors.
The next video will show you how to add references to your paper.
If you have any questions about Academic Writer, APA Style, or Grammarly contact Off Campus Library Services by phone at 1-800-521-1848 or by email at [email protected]. Check out the OCLS Tutorials Page for more videos like this!