How to Cite Your Own Microsoft Word Document in APA

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There are very specific rules that you need to follow when it comes to citing documents and sources - especially when one of those sources is of your own creation. Cite your own Microsoft Word document with help from an educator with experience in both reading and writing in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Tina Gutierrez-Brewster. I'm an English teacher and today I'll be discussing with you how to cite your own Microsoft Word document in APA format. A lot of students don't realize as they're going in to write a paper if they want to talk about their own work that you could be plagiarizing yourself. So in order to avoid that as silly as it sounds, you do want to make sure that in your work cited page that you include the citation of your own previously written materials. So in any APA format you want to make sure to put the author. The author can be last name first, and then then the initial of your first name. The second thing you want to include, oh followed by a period, the second thing you want to include is the year. Now the year that you wrote it, make sure to put in parentheses, put a period after it. The third thing you want to do is put the title itself of the manuscript. Now you want to italicize this just be sure that you capitalize the first letter of the title. You don't have to capitalize every single letter but the first letter has to be capitalized. Once again, put a period after that title. The fourth thing, especially if it's your own Microsoft Word document, you want to include a note that it is the unpublished manuscript. It is your unpublished work that you are citing. Okay, once you've written that that's going to give the reader an idea that your work is something that's probably not going to be found easily because it's on your hard drive. So unpublished manuscript, put a comma. You also want to include if you remember it, the title of the course, another comma, the university or where it was written, followed by another comma and then the country that that university is in. Make sure that that is also capitalized, okay. I would also just as a last helpful thing is to go to your professor, make sure that, or your teacher, that this particular style of APA is relatively new. So double check with your professor, make sure that you have all the main points that he or she wants in the work cited page. That will also give you a little bit of insight onto anything that you might have missed in this type of citation. So once again, that was how to cite your own Microsoft Word document in APA format. My name is Cristina Gutierrez-Brewster.


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