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Research and Documentation Resources
- MLA Style - English and other humanities classes often use the MLA (Modern Language Association) system for documenting sources. This Bedford/St. Martin's site has information on formatting in-text citations and the works cited page.
- MLA Style - The Modern Language Association style calls for (1) brief in-text documentation and (2) complete documentation in a list of works cited at the end of your text. This W.W. Norton site draws on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition (2009).
- Modern Language Association (MLA) Citations - This handout prepared by staff of the Bristol Writing Center explains the construction of in-text citations and the works cited page
- - This handout prepared by staff of the Bristol Writing Center explains how to cite digital resources
- The Basics of APA Style - This tutorial is designed for those who have no previous knowledge of APA Style. It shows users how to structure and format their work, recommends ways to reduce bias in language, identifies how to avoid charges of plagiarism, shows how to cite references in text, and provides selected reference examples.
- APA Style - American Psychological Association (APA) style calls for (1) brief documentation in parentheses near each in-text citation and (2) complete documentation in a list of references at the end of your text. This W.W. Norton site draws on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition (2009).
- Chicago Style - The University of Chicago Press style calls for (1) a superscript number for each in-text citation, (2) a correspondingly numbered footnote or endnote, and (3) an end-of-paper bibliography. This W.W. Norton site draws on The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (2010).
- CSE Style - The Council of Science Editors (CSE) offers three systems of documentation — citation-sequence, citation-name, and name-year; this chapter provides guidelines on all three. This W.W. Norton site draws on Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 7th edition (2006).
- Citation Machine - Construct a bibliography by filling in the blanks: MLA APA Chicago Turabian
Writing from Sources
- Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing - These materials from the Purdue OWL are intended to help writers become more comfortable with the uses of and distinctions among quotations, paraphrases, and summaries, including some pointers and a short excerpt that can be used to practice these skills.
- Quoting and Paraphrasing - The section on avoiding plagiarism in the Writer's Handbook published by the University of Wisconsin
- Paraphrase and Summary - Paraphrase and summary are writing strategies that will help you understand what you are reading. Both ask you to put the information you are reading into your own words, and both should be cited using the appropriate format.
- Mechanics - Active and passive voice, parallel sentence structure, parts of speech, transitions, etc.
- Grammar - Count and noncount nouns, articles, subject-verb agreement, prepositions, etc.
- Punctuation - Commas, quotation marks, apostrophes, hyphens, etc.
Plagiarism and Copyright Resources
- Avoiding Plagiarism - There are few intellectual offenses more serious than plagiarism in academic and professional contexts. This resource offers advice on how to avoid plagiarism in your work.
- Demystifying Citing and Referencing - This tutorial is designed to help you learn the principles of citing and referencing, and understand how to avoid plagiarizing when integrating source material.
- Plagiarism and How to Avoid It - The Clark College Information and Research Instructional Site
Purdue University OWL (Online Writing Lab)
- Mechanics (active and passive voice, parallel sentence structure, parts of speech, transitions, etc.)
- Grammar (count and noncount nouns, articles, subject-verb agreement, prepositions, etc.)
- Punctuation (commas, quotation marks, apostrophes, hyphens, etc.)