Is it possible to post references in canvas directly to the discussion area, in APA style, with a hanging indent?
stacy, yes, but not easily and not without using some html code - Hanging Indents: code-snippet & Formatting Discussion Board Entries
Hope this helps! Kona
Possible -- yes. Easy no. In fact, I'd say downright difficult for most people. Attaching a document formatted in this way is one thing, but getting it within the Rich Content Editor used by Canvas is something quite different.
This question has come up a couple of times before. There was once a feature request for it: APA Formatting . That feature request is in something called "Cold Storage", which is a way of keeping ideas that didn't make it out of the main Community and showing up on searches. You'll have to join the cold storage group if you want to read it.
The consensus is that it's not a reasonable expectation for online communications. Many of the specifications of APA style are easy to change in a full-fledged word processor, but they require editing HTML code and apply CSS styling to achieve that in Canvas. Most students would not know how to do that. If you were in a web-design class, then it might be a reasonable assignment, but not in general.
When I tell my students to use APA style, I'm more after the information and the order of it than I am the actual layout. Changing to Times New Roman, using double spacing, and hanging-indents on references are all challenges. I suspect that instructors who want APA style are in a similar boat but we don't always adequately convey that to students (we just say to use APA style and don't explain the problems). If someone really wants APA style in their document, they should try to do it themselves and see how difficult it is. Once instructors try to create a document in APA style within Canvas, they probably back off the demand.
I'm obviously not your instructor, who has the final word. You might reach out to your instructor and seek clarification about what exactly they want.
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