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Writing Center
The Writing Center: Online Resources
  1. MLA - Modern Language Association
    Modern Language Association (MLA) format provides writers with a system for cross-referencing their sources, from the parenthetical references they use in their essays to the List of Works Cited at the end of their essays. This cross-referencing system allows readers to locate the publication information of source material.

  2. APA-Style Citations
    If you are majoring in psychology, sociology, political science, communications, education, or business you may be interested in learning more about APA style which emphasizes the author and year of publication since these fields require cited sources to be current.

  3. Purdue University
    The Purdue University site offers handouts for students about the writing process, grammar, spelling, punctuation, research and documentation (including MLA and APA styles), professional writing such as resumes and cover letters, and writing across the curriculum (i.e., incorporating writing into a variety of disciplines.) Internet resources for students include information about searching the Internet, search engines and starting points, online writing resources and information about other online writing labs and online tutoring.

  4. Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
    This site allows students to learn about discovering topics and ideas; organizing essays; revising and editing essays; documenting sources; creating informal, argumentative, and exploratory essays; finding an effective thesis; and providing adequate support.

  5. Strunk & White's Elements of Style
    This site allows students to link to the various chapters of this classic reference book by clicking on the outline headings, which include topics such as usage rules, principles of composition, word choice, and spelling rules.

  6. Online! A Reference Guide to Using Internet Sources
    This site provides detailed advice for citing online sources in MLA and APA formats.

  7. Merriam-Webster Online
    On this website, students can search the Collegiate Dictionary and Collegiate Thesaurus.

  8. Peninsula Library System
    Students can search the online catalog, magazines, and databases for all the libraries on the S.F. Peninsula, including the College of San Mateo Library.

  9. Oxford English Dictionary
    The most authoritative source on the English language, with a focus on etymology and historical usage. Access is restricted to CSM students, faculty, staff, and administrators, so if you are connecting from your work or home computer you must first log in.