Answered By: Katie Hutchison
Last Updated: Nov 29, 2016     Views: 7365

Write out the entire phrase the first time you use it, followed by the acronym in parenthesis. 

Example: Katie joined the American Library Association (ALA) in 2010. ALA has many events...

Use only the acronym throughout your paper after the first reference unless there are multiple pages between the first reference and subsequent references. If there is the possibility that your reader may not remember what the acronym stands for then you may choose to write out the entire phrase again.

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