PERRLA Online is built so that you can write your entire paper (from research to editing) without needing a word processor at all.
However, there may be times when you want to use PERRLA Online to start a paper and then finish writing it in a word processor like Microsoft Word or Apple Pages. Here's how:
Step 1: Create a Paper in PERRLA Online
Creating papers only takes a few clicks.
- Click the Create New button in PERRLA Online
- Click Paper
- Enter your Paper's information
- Click Create Paper
That's it! We'll create your paper and open it to the Editor tab (where you can write the paper).
Step 2: Add any content you need in PERRLA
Now that you have your paper open, there are a number of items you can add so PERRLA can handle the APA formatting for you. Here are just a few:
- Add References to your paper
- Create citations for your References
- Take Research Notes
- Create an Outline for your paper
- Add an Abstract
- Add Headings for a Table of Contents
Step 3: Export your paper
Once you've added everything you need into your paper, it's time to export it (download it) to your computer.
Go to the Export/Print tab inside your paper. You'll want to check the sections of your paper that you want to include in the downloaded paper, choose how you want to receive your paper, and any other details for that file type.
If you are going to use another word processor to write the paper, we recommend downloading your paper as a .docx file. It's an almost universal file type that is easily read by any word processor.
Once you have selected your paper's options, click Download to start downloading a copy of the paper to your computer. If you choose to email the paper, then the paper will be emailed as an attachment to the address you provided.
Step 4: Finish your paper in your word processor
Now all that's left is to open the downloaded paper (usually in a Downloads folder) and finish any of the work that's left. Since you're outside of PERRLA, be careful when you move or edit any of the existing formatted items. We can't check for correct formatting once you've started editing it outside of the PERRLA applications.