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

Microsoft Word 2010

Microsoft Word 2007



  • 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
  • MLA Style: English and other Humanities
    Bedford/St. Martin's "Research and Documentation Online" from Diane Hacker, formerly faculty at Prince George's Community College in Maryland. Examples of in-text citation, list of works cited, information notes, manuscript format and a sample paper.
  • Using MLA Format
    Excellent detailed guide created by OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University.
  • MLA Citation Guide
    Ohio State University Libraries
  • MLA: Overview
    Prepared by Writing Center at Colorado State University.
  • Citing Databases - Gale
    Citation guides for electronic documents found online in Gale Databases like Infotrac Newspapers, Business & Company Resource Center, Literature Resource Center, and Health Reference Center.
  • MLA Bibliographic Guide (PDF)
    Seattle Central Community College Library.


Online Citation Composers/Aggregators

  • Endnote (available to SHSU and TAMU students only)

Writing Centers

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."
  • Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
    Exceptional interactive online guide to writing essays & term papers.
  • 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.
  • Advice on Academic Writing
    "These files answer the kinds of questions that University of Toronto students ask about their written assignments. Most were created by writing instructors here--people who are familiar with U of T expectations. But you will also find links to good advice from writing instructors at other institutions."
  • A+ Research & Writing Center
    From the Internet Public Library a "Step by Step Guide to Researching and Writing a Paper."
  • How to Write an Essay
    The Department of English, University of Victoria
  • How to Write a Term Paper
    From Gale Online Publishing "This guide is designed to support you as you use electronic and print resources to: Choose a Topic...Begin and Organize a Research Paper...Prepare a Works Cited Page."
  • How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography
    Cornell University Library
  • Annotated Bibliography Guidelines
    Tidewater Community College Writing Center
  • UCI Libraries Thesis and Dissertation Manual
    From the University of California, Irvine
  • Texas A&M University Thesis and Dissertation Manual
  • Master's Thesis Preparation Guide
    Doctoral Dissertation Preparation Guide
    From the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School
  • 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 10/11/2011