The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) 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.