The PERRLA for Word application
Even before you dive into a paper, the PERRLA for Word application lets you do a lot. You can create new APA/MLA Research Papers and Discussion Posts, create APA and MLA References, see your recent and existing PERRLA Papers, view your entire Reference Library, adjust your PERRLA for Word settings, and contact our Customer Support.
You can see each of the main screens using the side menu: Home, My Papers, My References, Settings, and Help.
The Home screen lets you start a new Paper, create a new Reference, and see your five most recent PERRLA papers.
My Papers shows you a list of all your PERRLA papers created with PERRLA for Word (Mac).
My References lets you see your entire Reference Library.
In Settings you can adjust your PERRLA for Word settings. And, Help lets you find some Help for PERRLA or contact Customer Support.
Starting a new paper
Starting a new paper is faster than ever with the Mac version of PERRLA for Word. Here's how:
- Open PERRLA for Word
- Click Create a New Paper
- Select the Paper Type
You can choose between the APA and MLA format for Research Papers or Discussion Posts. Click here to learn more about the types of papers you can create in PERRLA for Word on Mac.
That's it! PERRLA will open Microsoft Word and start your new PERRLA Paper with all of the correct formatting for the selected paper type.
Note for Windows & previous Mac users: If you have used PERRLA for Word on Windows or an older version of PERRLA on Mac, you'll notice that we don't ask you for a lot of information about your paper when you create it. The newest versions of PERRLA for Word let you jump right into typing your paper. We give your paper a default title that you can change in the Paper Sections tab after your paper is open.
PERRLA & Microsoft Word run side-by-side
Unlike the Windows version of PERRLA, PERRLA for Word on a Mac runs side-by-side with Microsoft Word. PERRLA is not allowed to run inside of Word because of changes in Word's programming.
Since PERRLA runs side-by-side with Microsoft Word, it looks and works differently than PERRLA for Word on Windows. However, just like on Windows, it's important that you make changes to the paper formatting & format-specific items (Title Page, Table of Contents, References...) using PERRLA and not manually editing them in Word.
The PERRLA window contains four tabs: Paper Sections, Paper's Body, References & Citations, and Paper Details. Let's quickly look at each tab.
Paper Sections is where you can manage the paper's Title Page, Table of Contents, and Abstract. The Title Page section is where you can change the title of your paper from its default.
Paper's Body lets you change your text's style, insert a table, or insert a figure. The text style section is where you can add Headings and blockquote styles to your text. Just highlight the text you want to change and click the style you want in the list.
References & Citations is where you can add, edit, and remove the References and Citations for your paper. We'll go over this in detail in a bit, but you can create a new Reference, add a Reference from your Library, edit or remove References already in your paper, and create Citations for the References you've added to your paper.
Paper Details lets you give the paper file (the .doc file) a different name from your paper's title. By default, the file name matches your Paper's title. It also shows you where you can find your paper in the Finder.
Adding References & Citations
OK - let's talk about the meat of writing APA & MLA papers: references and citations.
The basic process is to create or add a Reference to your paper, then create a Citation for it. You can do all of this from the References & Citations panel in PERRLA.
When adding a Reference, you can either Create a New Reference or Add a Reference from My Library. If you've never created the Reference in PERRLA, you'll want to create it. If you're using a Reference you've made before, then you can add it from your Reference Library.
If you create a Reference, it will start our Reference Wizard. Here's how it works:
- Click Create a New Reference
- Select the Reference type
- Enter the Reference's information
- Review the Reference
- Click Create to create the Reference & add it to your paper
That's it! Now you've created a new Reference and added it to your paper. It will now show up in the References & Citations panel.
Now you'll need to create a Citation for it.
- Place the cursor where you want the Citation in Word
- Click the + icon beside the Citation's Reference in PERRLA for Word
- Enter the Citation's information
- Click Create
Voila! We'll create a perfect APA/MLA citation in your paper for you.
You can repeat this process as many times as you need for new References and Citations.
PERRLA does more...
We know that most of the APA and MLA work centers around References and Citations, but there are other things you have to do as well. PERRLA can help you do all of those things as well.
You can use PERRLA for Word to:
- Add an Abstract
- Create a Table of Contents
- Modify your text headings
- Insert Tables & Figures
- Add Annotations
- & 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.