Academic Writer, formerly APA Style CENTRAL, is much more than a citation manager. For those researchers who use APA style, Academic Writer offers a suite of research and writing tools to help you through the paper writing process. However, this guide will only discuss Academic Writer's citation management features. There are a host of support documents on the Academic Writer site that will get you started with other functions.
Academic Writer is web-based, so there is no client software or browser plugin to install. However, you'll need to create a free Academic Writer account in order to add and manage references, which just requires your name and email address. Go to the Academic Writer site and click Welcome > Login at the top of the page.
On the Log In screen, click "Create an account," fill in the required information and click Create Account.
That's it! You're ready to start adding citations to Academic Writer.
To add new citations, log in to your Academic Writer account and click the Reference tab, then select Add References.
Create citations manually
A question mark icon appears next to each field name. Click the icon to reveal more information about that field and to access a Quick Guide for that reference type.
Like other citation managers, Academic Writer can import RIS files of citations to add to your reference library. This is the best option when you have a large number of references from another source.
As with any citation import tool, you should carefully review the imported citations for accuracy and completeness.
Search for citations in PsycINFO
When you need to add a small number of references that are primarily from traditional sources in the social sciences (e.g., journal articles, books, dissertations), perhaps the quickest way to do so is Academic Writer's Search feature. This feature allows you to find and add references from PsycINFO, a database that , contains more than 3 million records from around 2,500 journals.