When using PERRLA for Word on a Mac, you can import your existing papers from PERRLA for APA/MLA or papers downloaded from PERRLA Online.
If you are importing a paper downloaded from PERRLA Online (perrlacomplete.com), the paper must have been exported with the “with Word for Mac” selected on the Export tab.
Importing a Paper
You must have an active internet connection to import a paper into PERRLA for Word (Mac). We will upload a copy of the paper to our servers for conversion and then send back the updated file to PERRLA.
Here's how it works:
- Open PERRLA for Word
- Click File in the menu at the top of your screen
- Click Import a PERRLA Paper
- Navigate to the PERRLA Paper file on your computer
- Click Import Paper
That's all you have to do!
PERRLA will send a copy of your paper file to our servers to be converted into the correct PERRLA for Word format. Once it's done, we'll download it, save it to your default PERRLA Papers folder, and open it in Word.
While this happens, PERRLA makes a backup copy of the original paper in a Backup folder inside your PERRLA Paper folder (the My PERRLA Papers in Documents by default). This is a precaution we take so that you always have access to the original document.
References & Citation Changes
Whenever you open an imported paper for the first time, we'll show you a screen to notify you about the changes that happened in the process. There's one major change you need to know about here.
Due to technical limitations, the existing Citations in your paper cannot be synced with PERRLA for Word. But they are all still in your paper as plain text. The References are synced with the References & Citations tab.
This means Citations do not show up in the References & Citations tab and must be edited in the Word document directly. If you edit a Reference with Citations that were imported, be sure to double check your Citations to see if they need editing as well.
Citations created after importing your paper using PERRLA for Word will appear and work like normal.