PERRLA offers the best start-to-finish process for writing APA and MLA papers. But, what if you need to start using PERRLA for Word half-way through a paper?
PERRLA can't directly convert an existing paper into a "PERRLA" paper, but you can start a new paper with PERRLA and copy the existing paper's content into it.
"Converting" an existing paper into a PERRLA paper
- Open PERRLA for Word & start a new paper
Enter in the correct information for your paper in the Create screen.
- Open the existing paper that has your already written content (the paper you've already started writing in)
- Copy the text from the existing paper
There are numerous methods for copying and pasting text. One easy one is to highlight the text in the existing paper by clicking and dragging your mouse. Then, click Copy in the Word menu (in older versions of Word it may be in the Edit toolbar at the top).
- Paste the copied text into the body of the new paper
The pasted text may not be properly formatted at this point for APA/MLA. To fix this, highlight the text you just pasted into the new document. Select Change Format in the PERRLA menu in the Word Add-Ins menu-tab. Then, select APA or MLA at the top of the format list. If you have trouble here, see the section below on pasting the text as unformatted text.
If you had References and Citations in your original paper, enter them into your new PERRLA Paper using PERRLA.
Add the References to your paper first by using the Create Citation button in the PERRLA menu in the Word Add-Ins menu-tab. Click here to see instructions for creating new References.
Once you've added the References, we suggest that you replace any existing Citations with new PERRLA citations. This will keep your Citations consistent across your entire paper and will let PERRLA update your Citations if you edit the Reference. Citations that were pasted in with the body's text aren't connected to the Reference in PERRLA - they are just normal text. Click here to learn more about creating Citations.
And that's it! It may be a little tedious, but that's how you can take an existing paper and "convert" it into a PERRLA Paper.
Trouble pasting text into the new PERRLA paper
If your pasted text still looks a little off after changing the format to APA or MLA, you can try pasting the text as Unformatted Text. Here are the instructions on how to paste copied text as Unformatted Text:
- Word 2016: Right click mouse where you need to paste the text > Paste Special > Unformatted Text > Ok
- Word 2013: Right click mouse where you need to paste the text > Paste Options > Keep Text Only
- Word 2010: Right click the mouse where you need to paste the text > Keep Text Only
- Word 2007: With your cursor placed where you need to paste the text, click the Home tab > Paste > Paste Special > Unformatted Text