I'm currently writing an academic paper for a school assignment, specifically a short Position Paper with 500 word limit. I have chosen to use APA for my citations.
I am wondering if that
- it is compulsory or a MUST to stick to EITHER using in-text citations OR parenthetical citations for the whole paper?
IF no to 1, would it be best to
stick to using one particular citation style, which for my case, using in-text citations for the entire paper, or
should I consider mixing both in-text citations and parenthetical citations throughout the paper?
I am relatively new to writing an academic paper and only need to cite around 5 or 6 points/sentences, my concerns are that 2. might make the whole paper very dull and monotonous but 3. might make the paper look messy.