This website is a family of webpages that detail multiple formatting styles, including APA and MLA. The pages provide plenty of visual examples that are easy to find.
This website gives a basic overview of what styles to use when. It also provides a brief discussion of common mistakes so you can avoid them!
This website breaks down APA basics with plenty of links and examples.
This PDF provides a great example of a research paper done in MLA style.
The online version of the Chicago Manual. Requires a paid registration, but saves lots of time through the search feature.
A reference style similar to Chicago but designed for in-class, non-published works. This website features numerous visual examples of citations that are broken down in a logical order for quick reference.
This website provides links to the Diana Hacker family of manuals. The links allow visitors to access the majority of the manuals' content without actually having the manuals as a hard copy. Manuals cover APA, MLA, Chicago, and other formats.
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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (American Psychological Association): A must have resource for anyone who works with APA format. Utilized in most colleges nationwide as a primary resource.
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition (Gibaldi, Modern Language Association): The primary MLA guide for students and teachers; called the "style bible for most college students" by Newsweek.
Elements of Style (Strunk & White): Includes valuable advice on grammar, formatting, and presentation. Lightweight reference that is definitely worth throwing in your backpack!
A Writer's Reference (Diana Hacker): Thorough quick-reference guide to MLA, APA, and more. Includes sample citations throughout.
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition (University of Chicago Press): The primary text for Chicago style formatting, this manual has been updated to reflect technological advances and changes in American grammar. A bit more expensive than the other manuals above, the Chicago Manual is hardcover and features over 1,000 pages of material.
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th Edition (K. Turabian, University of Chicago Press): This manual outlines the formatting style known as Turabian, so named for the formatting designer, Kate Turabian. The style is similar to Chicago format but is designed for class-oriented work rather than for works intended for publication.