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Academic Writer Updating to APA Style 7th Edition in August

by Matt Stevons on 2020-07-17T08:00:00-05:00 in Library News & Updates, Citation | Comments

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A big update is coming in August to APA's Academic Writer.  See below for details:

  • Academic Writer will update its tutorials, examples, templates, and writing tools to follow APA Style 7th Edition rules on Monday, August 3, 2020.  
  • On Monday, August 3, 2020, Academic Writer may be unavailable for use most or all of the day, while APA’s technical staff update the product.  
  • Starting August 4, 2020, or as soon as the update is finished, the new version of Academic Writer will be available.
  • The link to Academic Writer will not change and remain:
  • New to Academic Writer? For a preview of changes and an overview video, check out our new Guide to Academic Writer.

Additionally, we want to share that our colleagues in the PG Writing Center have also been working on updating their sources to follow APA 7th Edition rules in recent weeks and all APA instructional resources should finish updating by August 15, 2020.

Timeline reminder: 

After these updates, it will be time to start learning the new rules in APA Style 7th Edition. But don't worry, you still have plenty of time! These updates mean we are now entering the second “phase” of PG's APA Style 7th Edition adoption plan:

  • 2019/2020: Students can use either APA 6th or APA 7th editions. 
  • August 2020: Start learning the changes in the 7th edition once the Academic Writer update is available.
  • January 1, 2021: This is the deadline! All students must follow only the 7th edition. 

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