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This guide gives you information about MLA and APA format for writing papers.

Help! I have to write a paper in MLA style...

These resources will help explain what MLA style is, how to format you paper properly, and give you specific examples for the variety of materials that you might use to write your paper.

Duke University Library: Citing Sources

Bedford/St. Martins: Research and Documentation Online

The OWL at Purdue University: MLA Formatting and Style Guide

You've never seen a paper in MLA format?
Review these informative YouTube videos that take you step-by-step from setup to Works Cited in Microsoft Word!

Setting your Essay to MLA Format in Word 2007 & 2010

How to Format a Paper in MLA Style with Word 2007

TRCC Writing Center- MLA in-text citation basics

Help! I have to write a paper in APA style

Quaking at the thought of using APA style?

The resources below should help you understand how to format your paper according to guidelines prescribed by the American Psychological Association. You'll also find examples of in-text citations, and APA list of references.

Bedford/St. Martins Research and Documentation Online 

OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab APA Format & Citation Guide

Still lost when it comes to APA formatting? These video clips from YouTube will show you how to setup Microsoft Word for approved APA formatting. Seeing is believing!

APA Format Citations-Sixth (6th) Edition

APA Format in Word 2010

Citation Generators

Use these links to help you create citations in MLA or APA style. You'll fill in the blanks with the necessary information, then submit to create a citation you can paste into your Works Cited or References page. You'll ultimately be responsible for the accuracy of your citation, so make sure you compare your citation to one you know is correct!

Knight Cite from Calvin College

Son of Citation Machine

Citation Creation in Online Databases

The online databases for articles and books on the NCMC Library Home Page will create the citations you need for your Works Cited and References pages.

Creating Annotated Bibliographies

Annotated bibliographies will help you connect with your research and may also help others understand more about your topic and how you came to your conclusions.

After you’ve constructed a citation for the resource you’re using, you’ll provide a brief summary, followed by an evaluation or assessment based on things like relevance, validity, or bias. Finally, you’ll tell the reader why you found this article useful, such as how it expanded your knowledge of the topic, or how helpful the information was in supporting your argument.

This information was designed to supplement the instructions given to you by your instructor.

These links will explain how to create and format annotated bibliographies:

Owl Purdue Online Writing Lab on Annotated Bibs

University of Toronto New College Writing Center

This link from "Teaching American History" has some excellent suggestions for writing annotations on the first page..

And now for some video tutorials:

Annotated Bibliographies from David Rice Library at University of Southern Indiana

Making an Annotated Bibliography from Lauren Clark's Eng101 at NC State

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