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.

The Editorial Eye
The Editorial Eye is a resource for all sorts of writers, covering many topics of all types of writing and communication. The index offers links to articles on topics such as: “Necessary Transition,” “Verbs with -ize: Efficient or to Be ... Ostracized?,” and “Can You Edit a Direct Quotation.” Excellent source. Click Index to get started.

University of St. Thomas Study Guides and Strategies
The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota has put together an excellent site with links to their study guides. Included are many guides to writing as well as tips on being a more effective learner in the classroom.

College Essays

Shawnee Mission West High School – Writing the College Essay
This high school in Overland Park, Kansas offers valuable tips on writing the college admission essay.

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.”

What You Need to Know About: College Admissions
About.com has collected articles on writing effective college essays. Stay away from the Sponsored Links! They are trying to sell you something.

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.

No one has an excuse not to cite!