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While the LIU Post campus is closed, the Writing Center is available online through Blackboard. We’ll meet with you in Zoom sessions and we’ll provide written feedback on papers you submit through the site.

From your Blackboard home page, click on Community in the top right corner, then click on Post Writing Center in the Community box. Further information and instructions are available on the page.

If you have any questions, email us at Post-WC@liu.edu.

We look forward to working with you on your writing!

Quick Guides to Writing

Click on the links below to download our helpful writing guides:

APA Style, 7th ed.

Commas

MLA Style

Thesis Statements

Transitions

 

APA 7th ed. Style Updates

Most Notable Changes in APA 7th ed.

For a comprehensive overview of changes, see https://apastyle.apa.org

Writing Style:

  • The singular “they” is endorsed in the interest of inclusivity and to avoid gender bias. For example:
    • Each participant turned in their questionnaire.

Paper Format for Students:

  • A running head is not required for student papers, unless the professor requests one. (Page numbers are still required in the top right corner.)
  • Additional options for fonts are provided to increase accessibility for all users. Options include: 12 pt. Times New Roman, 11-point Georgia, 11-point Calibri, 11-point Arial, or 10-point Lucida Sans Unicode.
  • A new student title page format includes the following, centered on the page: (See sample below)
    • Title of Paper in Bold and Title Case
    • Blank line space between title and author’s name
    • Author(s)
    • Affiliation (Name of Department, University)
    • Instructor’s Name
    • Assignment due date

 

  • The heading format for Levels 3, 4, and 5 has been changed:
Level Format
1

Centered, Bold, Title Case Heading

     Text begins as new paragraph.

2 Flesh left, Bold, Title Case Heading

Text begins as new paragraph.

3 Flush left, Bold Italic, Title Case Heading

Text begins as new paragraph.

4      Indented, Bold, Title Case Heading, Ending with a Period. Text begins on the same line and continues as a regular paragraph.
5      Indented, Bold Italic, Title Case Heading, Ending with a Period. Text begins on the same line and continues as a regular paragraph.

 

References and in-text citations:

  • In-text citations for works with three or more authors are shortened in the first citation to the first author’s name and “et al.” unless it’s unclear what work is being cited: (Okonkwo et al.)
  • The publisher location is no longer included in the reference. (Instead of “New York, NY: Norton” it’s just “Norton”).
  • In references for webpages, the title of the page is italicized and the publisher of the page should be included, unless it’s the same as the title of the page.
  • Surnames and initials for up to 20 authors should be provided in reference entries.
  • DOIs are formatted as URLs (http://doi.org/xxx), and the label “DOI” is omitted.
  • URLs are embedded directly in the reference, without “Retrieved from” unless a retrieval date is needed.

 

Sample format for student title page from APA 7th ed.:

 

Nurturing the Nurses: Reducing Compassion Fatigue Through Resilience Training

 

Oliver B. Lee

Department of Family and Community Health, University of Pennsylvania

NRS: 101 The Nature of Nursing Practice

Dr. Priya C. Agarwal

March 16, 2020

 

For a comprehensive overview of changes, see https://apastyle.apa.org