Writing in the disciplines


Cornell University Library: Provides citation, both in-text and reference page, examples.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) – Contains information on all aspects of APA style of writing including running heads, cover pages, and headings.

Harvard’s APA Exposed online tutorial : A video overview of the major elements, format, and function of APA style.


Cornell University Library: Contains information on in-text and works cited pages.

Purdue Online Writing lab (OWL): Provides examples of in-text citations and works cited pages.

This MLA tutorial explains the qualities of a single-author print book citation, the format upon which all other citation entries are based. This tutorial addresses the sequence of information, punctuation, and title capitalization.


University of Wisconsin: Contains information and examples of notes and bibliographies.

Tips on Writing

Andrea A. Lunsford, of Stanford University’s program in Writing and Rhetoric, put together a list of the top 20 errors in undergraduate writing and some tips for how to avoid them.

CrossRef.org – CrossRef is the organization that invented the DOI (Digital Object Identifier), which is now a commonly used identification number for an increasing number of scholarly articles; the DOI system is recommended in the APA citation manual (See Section 6.31 in the Sixth Edition).

Useful Books on Writing

Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg (Knopf, Aug. 2012) – Here’s a short review of the book: a similar (and even shorter) review was originally published in the Decatur Daily on October 14, 2012 by the same author. Great book! It will improve your style.

Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing by John R. Trimble (3rd edition, Prentice Hall, 2011). Great book! Easy to read. Written for college students who want to write clearly and convincingly. Doesn’t read like a textbook.

The Craft of Revision by Donald Murray (2nd edition, Harcourt Brace, 1995). Written for creative writers who want to improve their craft: nonfiction, fiction, poetry.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (Scribner, 2000). Hey, it’s Stephen King! Yes, the Stephen King. You can’t go wrong with this book if you’re a writer.

Writing to Change the World by Mary Pipher (Riverhead Books, 2006). Pipher has a background in psychology, anthropology and therapy; she has written numerous books and spoken around the world.

Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction by Sondra Perl and Mimi Schwartz (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). Excellent starter book for creative nonfiction writers. Applies the techniques of creative writing–fiction, poetry, and drama–to life writing genres: memoir, literary journalism, essays about place, essays about people, etc.

Useful Websites for Writers

Writing Forward! – Geared toward creative writing.

Edutopia – Focused on K-12 education.

Daily Writing Tips – Exactly what it says.

Daily Blog Tips – Exactly what it says.

Goinswriter – A blog by a writer/blogger named Jeff Goins.

Advice, tips, and networking –  Exactly what is says it is.

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