My PhD is pending from being approved only because of a silly reason that it has to be formatted in APA format of writing style. It is exasperating that my thesis should get delayed for such a petty thing. This is not even a sphere wherein my guide could help. I have been trying to do it on my own but that is taking more time, since I am a novice at APA formatting. My PhD research is about Public Policy and Administration for Tribal Communities, the length of the chapters is so long, it includes a number of tables and figures which have made the task of formatting the whole PhD thesis an ordeal for me. The formatting ought to be detailed and extensive and this has been distressing me for a while, because I can see my hard work being discredited and wasted even
I can understand the trouble that you are going through, even I find the process of formatting research papers very taxing and tedious. I end up missing out on one or the other aspect of the formatting, mix up the various referencing styles up while formatting a paper. In the last paper that I submitted for a conference I made the mistake of formatting the intext citations according to MLA, even though the rest of the paper was referenced according to the APA style. When the reviewer pointed this error out to me, I was very embarrassed for making such a stupid error. Nevertheless I had to work on each and every citation, and it was a very annoying. Since this episode I have started this new practice wherein I make one of my friends (who are also fellow researchers) go through the paper once and check it for formatting related issues. This practice has been a huge help for me and I have been able to avoid formatting related lapses since I started doing this.
APA has a lot of specific conventions and guidelines for each and every minor aspect of the paper, from the headings, to the page layout, tables and figures, the intext and bibliographic citations and so many other things. I usually refer to the below link in order to get any help related to APA formatting, but I’ve heard that there are also blogs that are written on APA and they are kept pretty up to date with whatever changes are introduced to the APA referencing style. Here is the link-
Until a while back I was also struggling with the task of getting my PhD thesis formatted. My research was in the field of Sociology, mainly I was looking at the A sociocultural perspective on understanding change in beliefs and practices regarding vocabulary teaching and learning: A study of English language teachers in specific regions of India . As per the data that I had collected there were a lot of tables and diagrams in my thesis too, initially I had started doing the formatting by myself, but since I couldn’t make much progress on that I finally decided to get my thesis professionally formatted in order to ensure that it was ready in time, I used the following services-