PERRLA for Word makes writing APA and MLA papers easy. But, what if you need to start using PERRLA 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
- 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 way is to highlight the text in the existing paper by clicking and dragging your mouse. Then, click Copy in the Edit menu at the top of your screen.
- Paste the copied text into the body of the new paper
If the text you paste does not match the correct style, you will need to manually adjust it. You can do that by highlighting the text and then choosing the appropriate text style in the Paper's Body tab in PERRLA for Word. If you have trouble here, see the section on pasting unformatted text below.
If you had References and Citations in your original paper, enter them into your new PERRLA Paper using PERRLA for Word.
You can create new References or add existing ones by using the References & Citations tab in PERRLA for Word. 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. Citations that were pasted in with the body's text aren't connected to the Reference in PERRLA - they are just normal text. Replacing them with PERRLA generated Citations lets PERRLA update them if you edit their Reference. 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: Go to Edit in the top menubar, choose Paste Special, then Unformatted Text, and click OK
- Word 2011: With your cursor placed where you need to paste the text, click the Edit menu, then click Paste and Match Formatting