Thinking to Write Lesson W1: Format and Documentation

In this class, you will be asked to master one formatting and citation style: MLA Style (Modern Language Association) or APA Style (American Psychological Association).  Once you begin writing papers for your major, you may be requested to use an alternative bibliographic style, but if you master one, you will not have difficulty teaching yourself to master another.

NOTE: If you wish to use an alternative citation style (such as USGS or Chicago Manual of Style), email me for permission in advance of the due date of your first paper assignment.


The Basics

Purdue OWL serves as a very good reference for how to format your paper and to provide both in-text citations and full citations at the end of the paper.  It would be unwise to try to memorize everything there is to know about this topic. A more practical approach is to familiarize yourself with the below listed key components and have these references readily available (such as bookmarked in your browser) for future use.

 

MLA Style

APA Style

General Format

Sample Paper

In-Text Citations Basics

VIDEO: Understanding MLA Style

Formatting Quotations

Sample Works Cited Page

A Helpful Poster

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General Format

Sample Paper

In-Text Citation Basics 

In-Text Citations: Author/Authors 

Reference Lists: Basic Rules

A Helpful Poster

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 


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