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Academic Writer

A guide to help educators navigate and use APA's Academic Writer.


The Reference Center helps students manage a personal collection of references as well as create references and import RIS files downloaded from databases. An account is needed to create and manage references.

For more information on how to download RIS files from databases, refer to this Gumberg guide.


There are three ways to add a reference in the Reference Center.

a) Create a reference using resource-specific templates (i.e. periodicals, books, reviews, legal documents, etc.)

b) Import RIS files (downloaded from EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero)

c) Search available, pre-made citations* within APA PsycInfo. This requires an Academic Writer account.

*Note: These citations are generated automatically and may have slight formatting errors.


Click "Manage My References" to view your reference library. You can edit, export, and delete references as well as add references to an annotated bibliography within the Writing Center.