The is a free resource from the Department of English at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN which provides instruction in writing, research, grammar, and more. Our focus on this webpage is on the Style Guides for APA and MLA formatting.
Here are the general steps to follow in using this resource to learn the proper format for either APA or MLA .
Step 1: Click the link for the format you are using. If you are using MLA, for example, click the link below for MLA Formatting and Style Guide. This will take you to a page with general information about the style you are using
Step 2: Most of the time you will want to know how to format different types of materials (books, articles, etc.) for your References (APA) or Works Cited (MLA) list at the end of your paper. On the left side of the page there will be a list of options. If you want to format a book citation for your list of references at the end of your paper, you would select References List: Books if you are using APA, and MLA Works Cited page: Books if you are using MLA. You will be taken to a page with a list of variations for formatting a book citation depending upon its characteristics.
If you do not find information for formatting a specific type of material (a photo, a movie, a website) you may want to consult the print edition of the Style guides, which tend to be more comprehensive. Copies of both the MLA and the APA style guides are kept on permanent reserve at the circulation in Tuttleman, and can be checked out for short periods of time. Refer to the last two entries on this page.
What is RefWorks?
Quickly create a bibliography or list of references in any style you choose!
RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool, which permits users to create personal citation databases by exporting citations from text files or online databases into RefWorks. Users can automatically format the citations by choosing a format style from a long list of styles (MLA, APA, ASA, Chicago, etc.) and then create a bibliography.
RefWorks stores personal citation databases on the RefWorks server and can be accessed online through the Tempe University Libraries webpage anywhere in the world.
RefWorks can be accessed by clicking on the RefWorks link in the QUICK LINKS section on the left side side of the library's webpage. This will take you to a page with information about RefWorks and information about other products which work in unison with RefWorks. Click the link Log In to RefWorks Now, to be taken to the login page. If you are accessing RefWorks off campus, it is at this point you will be asked to type in your AccessNet ID and Password.
If you are using RefWorks for the first time, you will need to create an account. This is easily done by clicking on the words Sign up for an Individual Account, on the upper right side of the page; you will be asked to enter your name and to create an ID and password. After creating an account and going through the tutorials, you are ready to use RefWorks!
If you have any questions about using RefWorks, or encounter problems when using it, please contact me. You may sometimes be asked for a group code. If this happens, send me an email and I will send you the group code. My contact information is available on the left side of every page in this guide.