► Academic Writer, formerly known as APA Style CENTRAL is the official and authoritative online resource created by the American Psychological Association for writing in APA style. It provides resources to guide you through formatting and composing research papers, in-text citations and reference list in APA style
Content and resources in Academic Writer are divided into three areas – Learn, Reference, and Write.
Access Academic Writer
► Go to Academic Writer. Click "Online Access" and login with your HKU Portal ID and PIN. You are recommended to use this tool with Firefox or Google Chrome. Successful access to the platform should bring you to the Academic Writer homepage shown below.
Create Your Account
► You have to register for a personal account only for writing and saving papers at the Write Center and managing references library at the Reference Center.
► If you have been using APA Style CENTRAL , you may continue to access your account, including any saved papers, with your same APA Style CENTRAL Username and Password. If you have any trouble with your account, please contact email@example.com.
► It provides quick guides, online tutorials, self-quizzes, and over 200 properly formatted sample materials (references, tables and figures) for learning the rules of APA style.
► Sample references cover all types of references included in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, the APA Style Guide to Electronic References, APA Style blog and social media, with the exception of legal references and archival materials.
► Note that you cannot read the Publication Manual page by page within Academic Writer. All of the objects in the center are searchable using the Search the Learning Center box in the upper right of the page. Read How to access the APA Publication Manual through Academic Writer for details.
Reference Center – is where you build up your reference library.
► Create Your Account You have to register for a personal account for managing references library at the Reference Center.
► There are three ways to create citations in your library:
► Reference Center is where you store and save your reference in the library while Write Center is for you to add references from the library to your saved paper. Read Adding References and Adding In-Text Citations for details.
► Compatibility with EndNote
You can export references from EndNote library to the reference library of Academic Writer by uploading an RIS format file. Once the reference list is imported, you may need to edit it so that it conforms to APA Style guidelines. Read the steps to Import EndNote References into My References List.
Write Center - includes preformatted paper templates and specially developed toolbars for properly formatting in APA 6 regardless of paper types.
► Create Your Account You have to register for a personal account for writing and saving your papers at the Write Center.
► The preformatted paper templates are some common research paper types, including Empirical, Reaction, Literature Review, Theoretical, Methodological, Case Study, Meta-analysis and Multiexperiment. You can also start with a Basic Paper which is a blank template.
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