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Documentation and Style Websites

Colorado State University: Writing Guides; Working with Sources
Information and overviews on documentation, evaluation of sources, using endnotes, and styles.

How to Cite US Government Documents in MLA, APA Citation Style
Use the tabs at the top of the page to see examples of legal documents cited in MLA and APA format.

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation
Legal citation guide for use in professional practice based upon The Bluebook : A Uniform System of Citation and the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation. See an example for the Mississippi Code.

Purdue University: Online Writing Lab- Annotated Bibliographies
Information on how to create an Annotated Bibliography.  The site includes different formats and examples.

Purdue University: Online Writing Lab- APA Formatting and Style Guide
Information on how to format a paper in APA style, with citations, references, and footnotes.  Examples provided.

Purdue University: Online Writing Lab- MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Information on how to format a paper in MLA style, with citations, references, and footnotes.  Examples provided.

Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker
Information broken down into sections: Humanities, Social Sciences, History, and Sciences.  Each section provides links to documentation information and online resource subject guides.

Son of Citation Machine
A website that allows you to input the information for a book and its author and receive formatted citations in MLA, APA, Turabian, or Chicago formats.

University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Writing center- Citing References in Your Paper
Information on quoting and paraphrasing, APSA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, CBE, and MLA styles, and numbered references.