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Formatting Citations in Microsoft Word
(Note: citation formatting features are only available in editions of Microsoft Word 2007 and later releases)

Microsoft Word 2013

Microsoft Word 2010


  • Official APA Style Format Manual Home Online
    Reference to the editorial style guide and system of citations preferred by the American Psychological Association.
    Specific recommendations regarding citations of electronic and on-line materials.
  • The Digital Object Indentifier (DOI) for On-Line Sources as part of the APA Style
    In the Sixth Edition (July 2009) of the APA Style Manual, citations for sources found in electronic databases and on the internet require inclusion of a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number, if one is available.
  • APA Guides
  • Sample Papers in APA Format
    • Sample APA Paper (PDF)
      Diane Hacker presents a sample social sciences paper in the APA citation format, with a variety of different sources represented.
    • OWL Sample APA Paper
      APA sample paper in APA citation format, with a variety of different sources presented created by OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University.


  • MLA 2009 Citation Guide (PDF)
    Lone Star College-Cyfair Library guide to MLA Citation, 7th ed., prepared by Professor Monica Norem
  • Using MLA Format
    Excellent detailed guide created by OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University.
  • MLA: Overview
    Prepared by Writing Center at Colorado State University.


Writing Centers

  • Purdue University's On-Line Writing Lab
    With over 120 instructional handouts, this is one of the finest collections of writing resources on the Web. Topics covered include writing research papers, parts of speech, punctuation, sentence construction, spelling, ESL, and more.
  • Writing@CSU: The Writing Center at Colorado State University
    "The Writing Center supports local and CSU writers and teachers with a wide range of resources, including interactive tutorials and demonstrations, writing guides, and extensive links to writing and teaching resources on the Internet."

Writing Guides and Handbooks

  • Guide to Grammar and Writing
    College guide to effective use of the English language. Includes definitions of sentence parts, rules for comma usage and other punctuation marks, plurals and possessives, spelling, nouns and modifiers, words and phrases to avoid, capitalization, spelling and abbreviations.
  • Guide to Grammar & Style
    Prepared by Jack Lynch, "Assistant Professor in the English department of the Newark campus of Rutgers University, specializing in the English literature of the eighteenth century.."
  • UVic Writer's Guide
    From the University of Victoria (Canada) Writing Center. "Originally prepared for students in the English Department at the University of Victoria, the Guide is an introduction to the process of writing and to the study of literature."
  • Writer's Handbook
    From the University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center topics include Academic Writing, Essays & Application Letters, Grammar & Style and Documentation Guides.
  • Writers' Workshop
    From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Be sure to look at the other writing resources available on this exceptional web site.
  • How to Write an Essay
    The Department of English, University of Victoria
  • How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography
    Cornell University Library
  • Annotated Bibliography Guidelines
    Tidewater Community College Writing Center
  • Texas A&M University Thesis and Dissertation Manual
  • Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation
    This guide looks at many of the quasi-political aspects of the thesis/dissertation process. "Such topics as how to select a supportive committee, making a compelling presentation of your research outcomes and strategies for actually getting the paper written are discussed." Scroll to the bottom of the page to find excellent links to additional online information.

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updated 09/09/2015