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Citation Help

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
  • The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) began about twenty years ago and continues to be one of the most popular online resources for writers. The OWL is a comprehensive website that can help all writers, including English Language Learners, graduate students, and writers from a number of disciplines. The OWL includes information on the writing process, academic writing, subject-specific writing, common writing assignments, and grammar and mechanics. Information on APA, MLA, and Chicago formatting and citation styles can also be found on the OWL. The site has several drop-down menus for easy navigation and can be searched for any writing needs or inquiries. 

American Psychology Association
  • The APA website offers a free tutorial on the basics of APA style, as well as APA style products, such as manuals and reference books.
General Tutorial on APA Style
  • The “APA Exposed” website, created by Harvard University, offers a free online tutorial, which includes information on formatting basics, citing sources, and references.
APA Style for Nursing Students
  • The “Nursing Writing Manual,” created by former Writing Center Consultant and SU Nursing Instructor Kayna Freda (M.S., R.N.) offers tips on research-based writing, selecting scholarly sources, and other helpful links.
Modern Language Association
  • The Modern Language Association website includes a general overview of MLA style, as well as a list of publications and bookstore for purchasing MLA style products.
General Tutorial on MLA Style Tutorial/MLA_Tutorial.htm
  • “MLA for Students: A No-Nerves Guide” is a video tutorial created by the Salisbury University Writing Center that covers such topics as plagiarism, formatting a works cited page, and formatting  in-text citations. The tutorial also includes a printable pdf of works cited resources.
Chicago Manual of Style Online
  • “The Chicago Manual of Style Online” offers a general overview of Chicago style, as well as helpful tools such as a Q&A page and a quick guide to Chicago-style citations.
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General Writing Tips

Stages of the Writing Process

  • The University of Richmond Writing Center website offers helpful information throughout all stages of the writing process, such as creating thesis statements, editing drafts, using proper punctuation marks, and understanding common styles of documentation.

Helpful Collection of Writing Tips

  • The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has created several handouts on topics such as brainstorming, evaluating sources, and avoiding the passive voice. There are also handouts for specific writing assignments, such as annotated bibliographies and literature reviews.

Writing Across the Curriculum- Salisbury University

  • The Writing Across the Curriculum link connects you to information on writing-intensive course designs, writing assignments from a variety of disciplines, WAC faculty seminars, and stories about the academic life at Salisbury University written by SU professors.
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