Research, Writing, & Test Preparation 

Research Writing Test Prep  Writing Help  Citing Sources Properly  MLA, APA, & Other Styles 
Evaluating Sources  Research Topics, Searching  Bibliographies  Test Preparation 

Select from the online reference resources available, or ask a librarian for assistance. For in-depth, scholarly research articles, please visit Articles & Databases.

Writing Help 

Online Dictionaries & Other Reference:
Quick Reference Dictionaries & Thesauri  OneLook® Dictionary Search 
William Strunk's Elements of Style 

Learn about Academic Writing from these Guides:
Advice on Academic Writing (U of Toronto)  The OWL: Online Writing Lab (Purdue U) 
Argument Paper (U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)  Research4Success (InfoOhio)
IPL's A+ Research and Writing  Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing
(Williams & McEnerney, U of Chicago) 
LEO's Write Place Catalogue (St. Cloud State)  Writing the Successful Thesis and Dissertation (for Graduate Students)* 

For Writing, Citation, & Tutor Assistance:
Academic Resource Center 
ARC Tutors & Specialists 
ARC Writing Lab & Math Space 

Avoiding Plagiarism - Citing Sources Properly

Introduction to Citing Sources:
Incorporating Sources into your Paper (CLIP Tutorial)  Why you Need to Cite Sources (CLIP Tutorial) 
Plagiarism: What You Need to Know (ODU Library) Visit the Write Place for Help (Academic Resource Center) 

More on Plagiarism: Tutorials & Self-Assessment Tools:
What is Plagiarism? (Georgetown) How to Recognize Plagiarism: Plagiarism Test (IUB) 
Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism-Mastering the Art of Scholarship (UC Davis)  How to Avoid Plagiarism (UMUC) 
Avoiding Plagiarism (Purdue University OWL)   

 Citation and Paper Styles - Guides and Samples

MLA Style: APA Style: Additional Styles:
Interactive MLA Style Aid (CLIP)  Interactive APA Style Aid (CLIP)  Associated Press Style
(Purdue University OWL) 
MLA Formating & Style Guide (Purdue University OWL) APA Citation Style Sheet (Loyola)  Chicago Manual of Style Online (Chicago) 
MLA Works Cited Examples (Kingwood) APA FAQ - Style Tips(APA)  Chicago Style Guide (CalState) 
Humanities: Documenting Sources in MLA (Bedford/St. Martins)  Using APA Format (OWL)  SBL Handbook: Student Supplement (SBL) 
Bible & Bible Reference Sources - MLA (UST Libraries) Citing Business Sources: Sample APA Citations (SNHU Academic Archive) Turabian Style: Research Guide (UG) 
Commentary Examples  in MLA Style (Northwestern College) Sample Research Paper, APA Style (Bedford & Martin)  
  Sample Paper in APA Style (APA)  

Evaluating Information Sources

Evaluating & Choosing Information Sources: Scholarly and Popular Sources:
Evaluating Information Sources (ODU Library)  Scholarly vs. Popular Sources (ODU Library) 
Library Databases or "the Internet"? (OhioLINK)  Popular and Scholarly Sources (CLIP Tutorial) 

Research: Topic Development, Searching, Choosing your Sources

Skills and Strategies for your Research
Citing Sources   Primary & Secondary Resources (CLIP) 
Developing a Topic   The Research Process: What is it? 
Evaluating Information   Scholarly vs. Popular Sources (ODU Library) 
Incorporating Sources Into Your Paper (CLIP)   Search Terms (CLIP) 
   Search Terms Worksheet 

Annotated Bibliographies

Writing a Bibliography: Sample Annotated Bibliographies:
Guide to Researching for the Annotated Bibliography & Bibliographic Essay (ODU Library)  APA Format for Annotated Bibliographies (Michael Genzuk, USC) 
Process for Writing an Annotated Bibliography (LEO)  Annotated Bibliography, MLA Style (U of South Carolina Aiken Writing Room) 
Annotated Bibliographies (Overview & Examples) (Purdue University OWL)  Sample Annotated Bibliography Entries in MLA, APA, Chicago (U of Oklahoma CLS) 
Writing an Annotated Bibliography (Sources an Content (U of Toronto)  What Goes into the Content? (U of Wisconsin-Madison) 

Study Skills and Test Preparation

Study & Learning Strategies Test Preparation
Learning Express Library (Help) - help for math, writing, etc. Learning Express Library (Help) - GRE, GMAT, LSAT, etc.
Software eBooks (in Safari Books)  Prepare for OAE, Grad School Entrance Exams, & Other Exams  
Study Skills-Getting Help   

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