My experience with APA style has been a major part of my college career since I began my Bachelor’s Degree in 2006 and was assigned my first APA style paper. At that time, I was so new to the process that I mistakenly thought that is was not too different from the MLA style. However, as I used the APA style over the next few years, I discovered that there were more than a few differences. The use of a title page in APA style was the hardest thing for me to get used to and in retrospect I do not see why. The running heads were hard to understand at first too, but it was all a matter of me being a “young” in academia, in other words not a very seasoned student.
My major questions with APA style relates to any new changes to the style since I last had to compose a paper. However, I have found that my questions have all been answered as I read and study the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition. One of my questions relates to the proper way to cite audiovisual media (section 7.07) in the Reference page, which I had to do in the “equipment for living” reference list. I felt very comfortable composing my references after thoroughly reviewing this section. If there are certain aspects of APA style which surprise I believe it would have to do with what I described above with composing a entries based on audiovisual material (movies and music) for the reference list.
The aspect I may have the most difficult time with will likely have to do with reducing Bias in language, racial identity, and age. It is hard to pinpoint what exactly is giving me the problem. It may be a matter of breaking from everyday use of words in casual conversation that does reflect in the written word. However, with this style guide by my side and the OWL at Purdue website and the APA Citation Style site from Cornell University, I soon believe that using the APA style will become less of a daunting task.
Rachel’s “Go-To” for APA help on the web: http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tutorial.aspx