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Writing & Citation Guide LRC@TCC

Scope: Find examples and explanations on how to write papers, using APA, MLA or Chicago formatting standards.  

Browse TCC Library Shelves in these Areas:

Research papers: LB2369  or ZA3065                 APA Formatting: BF76.7

Essays: PE1417-1471                                         Chicago Style Guide:  LB2369.T8

MLA Formatting: LB2369.G53                             


For more help, email your TCC librarian.


 MLA Help:

SAMPLE: MLA 7th Edition Works Cited page

TCC MLA Video Tutorials

Show me LRCLive Formatting a Works Cited Page

A book citation

An (online) journal citation

An Internet webpage citation

Understanding In-Text citations

MLA Sample Paper:  

MLA 2009 Updates (an Overview):

MLA Style from the Modern Language Association.

Check Cite from James Madison University.

More Examples From the University of Maryland.

Even more examples  From Ohio State University.

Common Errors in Citations from Eastern Shore Community College


 APA Help:

The Basics of APA  A fast tutorial created by the APA. 

APA Electronic Reference Formats American Psychological Association.

Examples From the University of Maryland.

APA Sample Paper (Diana Hacker)

APA Sample Paper 

APA Examples from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

APA Samples for UNC at Charlotte.

APA Exposed a Harvard University  tutorial.


APA Style Essentials Vanguard University. 

Citation Formatting Sites:

Citation formatting websites help simplify the task of compiling an accurate bibliography in the appropriate style. They format the given data on a source into a citation.   These sites will often incorrectly format citations.  Please do not depend solely on these websites to correctly produce your citations.   

KnightCite is an online citation generator service in MLA and some APA citations provided by the Hekman Library of Calvin College.

Citation Builder a web-based tool designed to quickly and easily generate citations for sources consulted during the research process creates MLA and APA citation and works cited page. Other formats available for a small fee. (printing may not work on public access computers)

Citation Machine assembles gathered information in APA style bibliographic and parenthetical citations (5th Edition APA Publication Manual), and MLA (6th Edition MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers).

NoodleTools Quick Cite Plug in the information about your source and NoodleTools will automatically create an MLA format citation for you.

BibMe  Creates MLA and APA citations from websites links or book ISBNS, etc. 



The Writing Center at the Virginia Beach campus offers self help handouts and free assistance on a voluntary basis to students who are given lab reports, research papers, essays, and other writing assignments in any subject.

Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker is recommended by TCC's Writing Center and includes the MLA, APA, CBE, and Chicago styles.

OWL-Purdue University Perhaps the best online resource for APA, MLA and writing form examples, the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University provides extensive citation examples and writing tutorials. 

Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism from Duke University includes APA, Turabian, MLA, Chicago for print and online resources and sections on citing sources within your paper and assembling a list of works cited.

Differences Between MLA, APA and Chicago formats a great, explanatory table by Winston-Salem State University. 

Citation Style for Research Papers  From Long Island University, APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian and AMA examples.

Citation Style for Citing Internet Sources Shows you how to format Internet sources in MLA, APA and Chicago standards.

Dartmouth Writing Program contains a number of helpful materials, such as some well-written essays that answer the question "What is an academic paper?" and also provide information on researching topics for papers. The site also includes information on such topics as writing about film, music, sociology courses, and examples of citing sources in APA, MLA and Science.

Assignment Calculator:  Determine how much time it will take you to successfully complete your assignment.

Chicago or Turabian Style Examples:


Citing in Chicago Style From the University of Wisconsin.

Other Styles:

Geological Society of America style guidelines

Legal Citation, Introduction to Basics based on the "Blue Book" 17th. edition recommended by MLA.


Online Instructional Videos

Library Research at TCC Basic concepts of information literacy and how to start your research.

Avoiding Plagiarism at TCC provides general guidelines for using sources in essays.

Doing Research in Tidewater Consortium Libraries 

Evaluating Web Pages from UC Berkeley. 

ODU Idea Generator  a list of possible ideas for research papers or public speaking topics.

Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals

Evaluating Sources