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guide should I use?
Always use the style guide specified by
your professor. If a style is not specified, the following are
guidelines for choosing an appropriate system for documenting
your sources. Ask at the Reference Desk for help!
▪ Style and Writing Guides
APA, Chicago, MLA and Turabian
are covered in this easy to use style comparison web site from
electronically-accessed information in MLA, APA or scientific
- ▪ General
This is the "one-stop web home for professional writers". It
includes information about "freelance writing, screenwriting,
playwriting, writing novels, nonfiction, comic book writing,
greeting cards, poetry, [and] songwriting".
This site is a "compilation of the fundamental usage of English
grammar and the underlying rules of punctuation."
"Many people want to know how to cite information that they find
on the Internet in school papers, theses, reports, etc. There is
no definitive answer, but many people have made suggestions. Here
are some places to go for recommended electronic information
Common Errors in English is "concerned only with deviations from
the standard use of English as judged by sophisticated users such
as professional writers, editors, teachers, and literate
executives and personnel officers. The aim of this site is to help
you avoid low grades, lost employment opportunities, lost
business, and titters of amusement at the way you write or speak."
The style guide that is used by journalists at The Economist.
Features English grammar and style rules, with a focus on British
Part of the American Psychological Association Journals web site, this
page provides information on how to cite various types of electronic
sources, including email messages, web sites or specific documents
within web sites, articles or abstracts from electronic databases, and
web citations in text.
Questions and answers about English usage and grammar from a
"EzineUniversity exists to help you become a successful E-Zine
Publisher. Several leading online experts share their expertise
with you in this educational forum." Available free online courses
include: E-Zines and E-mail Marketing, Preparation and Research,
Planning and Development, Content Development and Writing, and
Publishing and Mailing List Management.
"These notes are a miscellany of grammatical rules and
explanations, comments on style, and suggestions on usage I put
together for my classes. The entries here are of two types:
specific articles on usage, and more general articles on style.
The specific articles can be further divided into two classes: (1)
grammatical rules and explanations, matters rather of precedent
than of taste; and (2) more subjective suggestions for making your
writing clearer, more forceful, and more graceful. The specific
articles are intended for quick reference, such as when you have
to find out whether which or that is appropriate. The general
articles lend themselves to browsing and absorbing over time."
Entries are browsable alphabetically. Includes a short
"This guide is designed to support you as you use electronic and print
resources to: choose a topic, craft a thesis, evaluate thesis and
sources, identify a variety of information sources, take efficient
notes, begin and organize a research paper, use parenthetical
documentation, prepare a Works Cited page, draft and revise a research
This hypertext reference is designed to introduce legal citation
to the beginner and to serve as a reference on basic citation
points for more experienced writers and citation checkers.
Includes instructional materials used in the Writing Center.
Sections include Academic Writing (Literature, Research, Reviews),
Grammar & Style, Peer Reviews, Documentation Styles (APA, MLA,
Turabian, etc.), and Letters & Application Essays.
"The Writing Guide is organized into four Handbooks containing
information about grammatical rules, writing tips, ESL resources and
citation styles. Click on the appropriate Handbook below to see a
master index of the topics it covers:
The Grammar Handbook explains and illustrates the basic
grammatical rules concerning parts of speech, phrases, clauses,
sentences and sentence elements, and common problems of usage.
Writing Tips Handbook provides advice on various
elements of the writing process, including advice on analyzing
your audience, developing a good thesis statement, revising,
using commas correctly, taking an essay exam, and writing
provides several resources for those who are studying English. There
are also several links to websites with activities and information to
practice reading or listening to texts.
Citation Styles shows you how to cite
bibliographical references in three different standard formats:
MLA (Modern Language Association) format, APA (American
Psychological Association) format, and "Old MLA" format (using
endnotes and a bibliography page)."
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