What is PERRLA for Word?
PERRLA for Word (Windows) is a desktop application and Microsoft Word Add-In for writing perfectly formatted APA and MLA papers. PERRLA for Word (Windows) is included in your subscription to PERRLA along with our online application, PERRLA Online.
If you have an active subscription, you can download the latest version of PERRLA by logging into your PERRLA account and clicking Download PERRLA for Word in the top left corner. Click here for articles on installing and activating PERRLA for Word.
PERRLA for Word (Windows) has two parts: a desktop application and a Microsoft Word Add-In.
PERRLA's Desktop Application
The desktop part of PERRLA for Word allows you to create new APA/MLA papers and open existing PERRLA papers.
During the installation process, we added a pencil icon for PERRLA onto your desktop. Just double-click it to open PERRLA. If you don't see the icon, you can find PERRLA in the taskbar with your other applications.
Once open, you'll see a few tabs and four buttons for creating new APA and MLA Papers.
Each tab lets you see a different part of the PERRLA desktop application. For instance, you can see all of your existing PERRLA Papers in the My PERRLA Papers tab, or you can update your PERRLA settings in the Settings tab.
Starting a new paper
On the Welcome tab (the one visible above), you have four options for starting a new paper. You can create Research Papers or Discussion Posts in either APA or MLA with PERRLA.
Research Papers are probably what you think about when you imagine a paper. They include a Title Page, Running Heads, the body of your paper, and a separate References section.
Discussion Posts are more condensed and formatted specifically for writing APA/MLA formatted posts for your class's online forums. They only include the body of the paper and a Reference section on the same page. This makes it easy to copy and paste the entire document for online forums/discussion boards.
You can choose the type of paper you want to create by clicking its appropriate button. PERRLA will ask you for a little information about the paper you want to create before opening it in Microsoft Word – moving to the second part of PERRLA for Word (Windows).
Using PERRLA inside Microsoft Word
PERRLA for Word (Windows) is a Microsoft Word Add-In, so you can find all of PERRLA's functionality in the Add-Ins menu-tab inside Microsoft Word. Do not use the formatting tools in the References menu-tab – they are not a part of PERRLA and are incorrect for APA and MLA.
At this point, your paper won't have any content in it yet. So just start typing your paper in the paper's body section.
When you're ready to add your first Citation, click PERRLA's Create Citation in the Add-Ins menu-tab. FYI: the citation will appear wherever your cursor is in your paper.
You'll see a window where you can create a new Reference for the Citation or you can select an existing Reference you've made in PERRLA before. PERRLA saves every Reference you make, so you can re-use them in future papers.
Create a new Reference by clicking New in the bottom right corner. This starts PERRLA's Reference Wizard. It will guide you through the process of creating a new Reference step by step.
Here's how it works:
- Choose a Reference type
- Fill in the Reference's information
- Enter the Citation information
That's it! Now you'll have a perfectly formatted Reference in your Reference section and a citation to match in the body of your paper.
To create another Citation for that Reference you'll already see it in the Create Citation window.
- Click Create Citation
- Select the Reference in the This Paper's References tab,
- Click Select in the bottom right corner
- Enter the new Citation information
You can now repeat this process to create other References and all of the citations for your paper.
PERRLA does a lot more...
PERRLA does a lot more than just References and Citations. You can use the PERRLA menu in the Add-Ins tab of Word to access all of PERRLA's functionality. So, you can:
- Create Tables of Content
- Add Abstracts
- Insert Tables & Figures
- Change your text's format (Heading levels)
- Add Annotations
- Contact Help
- & a lot more...
You can find articles on how to do all of these things our Knowledge Base.
If you need further help, don't hesitate to reach out to our Support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.