MLA 8 & Discussion Posts on Windows

Over the summer we’ve been working to make sure that we had wrapped up MLA 8 for all of our users AND brought Discussion Posts (one of the most popular Mac features) to Windows.  Here’s a quick look at how each of them works in the new update.

MLA 8

If you’ve never written an MLA paper before, you will be automatically upgraded to MLA 8.  That’s all there is to it. 🌴🌴🌴

If you have written an MLA 7 paper before, then you will be prompted to upgrade to MLA 8 when you start the updated software for the first time.   If you choose to not upgrade then, you can always go to  the Settings Tab and change your version of MLA to MLA 8.  You’ll find the MLA setting in the bottom left of  the screen.

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You can change your preferred MLA format in the bottom left of the Settings tab.

As a note, due to technical restrictions, we do not recommend re-using MLA 7 References in new MLA 8 Papers.  Just like before, any of your APA or MLA 7 References will start with *** when viewing them in an MLA 8 Paper.

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When adding an existing Reference to your papers, non-compliant References have *** before them in your Reference list.

Discussion Posts

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Update buttons on the PERRLA startup screen

Traditional Research Papers include a Title Page, a page or pages for the body of the paper, and a separate page for References.  Discussion Posts only include the body of your paper and the References on a single page.   PERRLA still works just like it always has, but your paper will be formatted in a way that makes it easy to copy and paste your paper into your school’s online Discussion Forum.

We’ve updated the buttons that appear on the PERRLA start screen so that you can easily create either a Research Paper or Discussion Post for APA or MLA.  In the process, we removed the buttons for Start a New APA 5th Edition Paper and Open an Existing PERRLA Paper.  APA 5 isn’t being used by schools anymore, so we phased it out.  You can still access all of your Existing PERRLA Papers by going to the My PERRLA Papers tab at the top. 

When you start a new Discussion Post, because there isn’t a Title Page, you will only be asked for the Title of the Paper.  This is so we can give your document the correct name when we save it to your computer.

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Discussion Post Start Screen

Now, creating perfectly formatted Discussion Posts for your class will be easier than ever!

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Example of an MLA 8 Discussion Post in PERRLA for Word (Windows).

Tables & Figures are in PERRLA for Word (Mac)!

We’ve done it!  We’ve added Tables and Figures to our PERRLA for Word (Mac) software.  🙌  Now, all of the fun things that you can do in PERRLA for Word (Windows) can be done on the Mac as well.

Here are some videos and steps for creating Tables and Figures with PERRLA for Word.

Creating Tables with PERRLA for Word (Mac)

Creating Figures with PERRLA for Word (Mac)

PERRLA Online Update

Hey everyone!

We’re in the process of updating how you write papers in PERRLA Online.  We’ve learned a lot since we first released the Paper Editor in PERRLA Online (then PERRLA Complete) and we are hard at work making those ideas come alive.

We’re pushing out the first of those changes today!  Here’s what you’ll notice is different:

  • Update Paper Overview Tab
  • Overhauled Outline Tab and Panel
  • Interface Improvements for References & Citations

Paper Overview Tab

Paper Overview tab image

We’ve killed the Paper Details tab and merged it straight into your Overview tab.  Now you can see all of your Paper’s Details and edit them in one place.  To edit your Paper’s details, just click the “Edit Details” button  in the bottom right.  Pretty straight forward, right?

Outline Updates

In preparation for some of the really amazing features we have planned, we’ve updated the Outline tab to make it more usable.  First, the Outline now autosaves all of your work!  No more toggling between the Edit and Print views of your Outline.  Hooray!

Outline tab image

We’ve also moved to a card-based layout.  That means that your Outline will always look similar to how it did in Edit mode before.  You can click on any of the cards in your Outline to edit them, or click and drag them to re-arrange them.  We’ve also updated the keyboard shortcuts to make it easier to manage any changes you make.   Now, pressing Escape while editing will close the Outline card without saving your changes.  It’s like a Cancel button.  Enter will save the changes you’ve made, and Enter + Shift will save the changes and start a new row beneath your current one.

New Keyboard Shortcut imageIn addition to the Keyboard shortcuts, we’ve also added the ability to expand and collapse your Outline items.  So if you’ve got an Outline that is a heroic epic in itself, you can collapse it into only the most essential pieces.

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Lastly, we’ve done away with Outline Notes.  Although they were an interesting idea, they just didn’t work out in the real world.  If you’ve made any Outline Notes, don’t panic.  We’ve converted your existing Notes into text for that Outline Card.  So all of your Notes are still there waiting to be used.

Reference & Citation Tab

Our final changes for this update are mostly aesthetic on the References & Citations tab inside the Editor.  We’re moving towards a more Card-based approach, similar to the Outline.  We’ve also added some color to the icons beside each Reference and Citation when you hover over them.  And, we’ve added an explicit row beneath each Reference to Add a New Citation.  You can still use the Pencil icon if you’d like, but now there’s a place that makes it really obvious how to add a Citation to each Reference.

Coming Soon

We hope these minor changes make writing papers with PERRLA Online even easier.  We’ve got a lot more in store that will make the paper-writing experience more familiar and straight-forward.  We’re even hoping to help you manage all the Research you take for your paper. 🙂

If you have any comments or feedback, we’d love to hear it.  You can email Graysen Pack (our User Experience Manager) with any of your thoughts at graysen@perrla.com.

Thanks and good writing!