PERRLA offers the best start-to-finish process for writing APA and MLA papers. But, what if you need to start using PERRLA Online 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 Online and copy the existing paper's content into it.
"Converting" an Existing Paper into a PERRLA Paper
- Open PERRLA Online & create a new paper
Use the Create New button at the top of the page and enter the Paper's correct information.
- Open the existing paper that has your already written content
This is the paper you've already started outside of PERRLA.
- 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 Editor tab in your PERRLA Online Paper
Use the keyboard shortcut Command+V (Mac) or Ctrl+V (Windows) to paste the copied text into the Editor tab text area.
- Optional: Adjust the text styling
If the text has lost its formatting, you may need to adjust it using the text styles dropdown in the PERRLA menu bar. It's the first item on the left in the second menu bar. Just highlight the text and select the correct style from the dropdown menu.
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 References & Citations panel in the Editor 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.