I have added a example of what is expected.. you can use the same resources eflect on three important considerations that you have learned regarding the APA style in the field of Psychology. In addition, provide three examples on what you, as a graduate student, would be doing to avoid plagiarism.
Length: 450-550 words
Your response should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards where appropriate.
After reviewing the resources assigned for this week, I have reflected on three important considerations that I have learned regarding the American Psychology Association (APA) style in the field of Psychology. I am already slightly familiar with APA formatting as I have been using it for all my college career. But as I was reviewing this week’s assigned resources, I learned I only knew the bare minimum about APA. Upon this week I learned one of the APA formatting protects writers from plagiarism. “Plagiarism in an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else’s work and lying about it afterward” (“What is Plagiarism?”, 2017). Plagiarism is very wrong, and I understand the reasoning’s why and why there are such “harsh” consequences. Second, I learned that APA manuscript structure is broken down into eight parts, which are the “title page, abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion, references and appendices” (“Basics of APA Style Tutorial”, 2015). When writing my papers prior to this week’s article I only did a title page, abstract, introduction and references, sometimes I included an appendix if it was required. I feel a little silly now knowing that there are more components to an APA manuscript structure, and that I wasn’t really doing the best I now know I can. It’s almost like I was doing half of my assignments and my professors never made mention of it. Third, I learned APA style is needed to “express the key elements of quantitative results, choose the graphic form that will best suit our analyses, report critical details of our research protocol, and describe individuals with accuracy and respect.” To me that means that APA style is needed as a better way to simplify the reading.
As, a graduate student three examples on what I would be doing to avoid plagiarism would be paraphrasing, quoting my sources and using my own words. My second example is so important because as a graduate student we do a lot of research which requires getting information from other places than our thoughts. So, always no matter what credit must be given. No matter how many few words are used giving credit is important. Paraphrasing is a remix of what the author/owner said but putting it into your own words. While paraphrasing is okay and perfectly legal, I’m going to try my very hardest to just use my own words if I can. Even when we least think it sometimes paraphrasing can turn into plagiarism. Out of this week’s assigned resources the main and most important thing I learned is always give credit, when credit is due. Plagiarism is a crime and it’s silly to be punished for stealing words, when it could’ve been avoided. To also avoid plagiarism, I will use a check paper software to ensure I have quoted and paraphrased correctly. Plagiarism should always be double checked to ensure authenticity.
What is Plagiarism? (2017, May 18). Retrieved July 24, 2019, from https://www.plagiarism.org/article/what-is-plagiarism
Basics of APA Style Tutorial. (n.d.). Retrieved July 24, 2019, from http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics-html5/index.html?_ga=2.115233159.1636305233.1559507973-1841274510.1559507973
How to Paraphrase. (2017, June 7). Retrieved July 24, 2019, from https://www.plagiarism.org/article/how-to-paraphrase