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Research & Documentation – Overview

Research is crucial for writers trying to argue a point and be judged as credible. Including quality research, in the age of Google and Wikipedia, is often one of the most challenging aspects to writers moving into advanced high school and college work. Crucial concepts include:

  • Developing quality sources
  • Citing information properly
  • Creating accurate Works Cited pages

Browse Research & Documentation Articles:

APA Sample Paper with Comments

Summary of APA document formatting basics with a sample paper you can download. The sample includes annotations explaining the various rules (PDF).

Creating IN-TEXT citations MLA Style

Bibliographies are one thing, but how do you get quotes or evidence into your writing and cite them properly?

Elegantly Include QUOTATIONS In Your Writing

Including quotes in your writing is one of the leading indicators of an accomplished academic writer. There are rules, and they are easy to learn. Once you've got them down and you can sprinkle quotes throughout your writing to support your points you'll be on your way to creating slam-dunk arguments with the ability to persuade any audience.

Evaluate Source Quality

You can't just use random webpages and data you find. Getting good at parsing source credibility will help you in school and beyond.

Find Sources to Support Your Argument

Steps to finding credible, specific sources to support your argument.

MLA In-Text Citation PLACEMENT

Many students cite their work accurately, but don't properly place the citations. This is like answering a question correctly, but by shouting it at the top of your lungs while jumping up and down. It discredits you. This article will give you a quick overview of how to do it right.

MLA In-Text Citations: the Source is a Website

How do you give credit in your writing (not the bibliography) when the source is a website?

MLA Sample Paper with Comments

Summary of MLA document formatting basics with a sample paper you can download. The sample includes annotations explaining the various rules (PDF).

MLA Works Cited Page – Basic Formatting

Straight answers on the 'Works Cited' page requried by MLA. NOT a 'Bibliography'!