Did You Know: Tips and Tricks for Using PERRLA Products

Cool tips and tricks for PERRLA programs. Here are some interesting tips and tricks that might be of use to you.

Note: All of these items can also be found in our excellent list of Frequently Asked Questions.

1. Put a previously written paper into PERRLA.
While it’s much, much easier to write a paper directly into proper format using PERRLA, you can cut and paste your old document into a new PERRLA document. Click on the link above and follow the steps.

2. Create a page of just references without citations and paper text.
The trick here is that you write a paper with nothing but references in it! Hint: you don’t click on the Create Citation button! Click on the link above to read how to do it…

3. Add an abstract to your paper.
When creating a new paper, APA PERRLA asks if you want to create an Abstract. If you say No, you can still create one manually, later. Click on the link above to read how.

4. Use headings in PERRLA.
There is an automatic heading for the title. You can easily create your own headings, though. Click on the link above to learn how.

5. Create a block quote.
PERRLA can make quick work of creating a block quote for you. You’ll use the PERRLA “Change Format” button to do it. Click on the link above to read all about it.

6. Edit your name and school name defaults.
You’ve always been able to edit your name and school name when creating a new paper. With PERRLA version 5.1.1 and later, you can now edit the default names. Click on the link above to learn how.

7. Re-Cycle your previous references for additional use.
In PERRLA version 5.1.1 and later, all your references are stored in a database so you can re-use them over and over again. Click on the link above to learn how.

8. Word 2007 Users: Add the PERRLA toolbar to the Quick Access Toolbar found at the top of the screen.
If you use Microsoft Word 2007, you can add the PERRLA toolbar to the tiny Quick Access Toolbar icons at the top of the screen. You will no longer have to click on the Add-Ins menu tab to create a citation, etc. Click on the link above to learn how.

9. Make an annotated bibliography today!
If you want to create a short paper with a lot of references at the end OR a list of references with a paragraph (or two) before or after each reference (to describe it), you can!
Click on the link above to read all about it.