Writing Resources & Citations

Writing Sources

General Writing Sources

The Elements of Style
William Strunk’s small, yet essential, volume on the basics of writing – “You must know the rules in order to break them.”

Writing with Sources
Harvard University has put together this website to give information on integrating sources into a paper, deciding when--and when not--to cite, choosing a citation style, and avoiding plagiarism. Essay Info: Essay Writing Center
This site offers a bevy of tips on writing all sorts of essays, including expository, critical, as well as admissions essays. It is touted as being for “anyone who wants to write better.”

The Writing Center
Harvard Writing Center has put together a site that links to all of the handouts it gives to its students. An excellent source with everything from revising the draft to how to read an assignment.

College Essays

CollegeBoard.com – Essay Writing Tips: Write an Effective Application Essay
This excellent source offers do’s and don’t’s in writing college admission essays, and offers links to such articles as “Three Steps to a Great Essay: You, in 500 Words or Less” and “Recipe for a Draft.”

Cite Your Sources!

One of the most important steps in your research process is to cite your sources (tell your teacher where you got your information). In college you will be required to cite your sources all the time, so let's get prepared now!

Luckily, it is as easy as ever to cite your sources, as you can do it online.

  • Landmark Citation Machine is a Website that allows you to type in your information (such as author, title, publisher) and it will format your citation automatically in both MLA and APA format. After the citation is created, just copy and paste it into your paper's Bibliography.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a fantastic resource on how to cite pretty much anything - in any citation style!

No one has an excuse not to cite!