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Academic Writer

Sponsored by the American Psychological Association

Getting Started using Academic Writer

What is Academic Writer and Why should I use it?

Academic Writer is APA's authoritative solution offering a complete digital environment for teaching, learning, and writing academic papers. Note: Academic Writer is available only Firefox, Chrome and Safari web browsers.

Use the tutorials the same way you would use the APA Style Manual. The excellent writing feature offers templates to help you create perfectly formatted APA-style papers.

LEARN: The Learning Center has short videos and tutorials to help you start and refine your research and writing. 
REFERENCE: Use the Reference Center to find tools to assist you with building and managing a reference library. 
WRITE: Use the Writing Center to select an APA Style paper template, collaborate with peers and reviewers, and check your work.


Create your account 

1. At the top right of the Academic Writer website, select "Welcome"

2. Use the drop down menu to select "Log In"

3. Select "Create an Account"

4. You do not need to use your SMU email address for the account, but you do need to access the Academic Writer page through the SMU library and you may want to bookmark this page. Note: Academic Writer is available only Firefox, Chrome and Safari web browsers.

About Academic Writer

What's new in Academic Writer?

In addition to Academic Writer will also have some new features. Exciting updates include the following:

  • redesigned engaging and interactive tutorials and quick guides for students within the Learn Center, including self-quizzes integrated within tutorials instead of available on separate tabs
  • six additional quick guides covering a range of topics, including one on the common types of student papers that use APA Style
  • the ability to create an annotated bibliography within the Write Center