Citation Help and Online Writing Labs

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Online Writing Labs

Citation Help/Writing Resources

General Assistance Using Microsoft Word Products

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

Directions on Specific Citation Styles


  • 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 Identifier (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) if one is available.
  • APA Guides
  • Sample Papers in APA Format
    • Sample APA Paper (PDF) - Diana 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 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.
  • 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
  • MLA Style Guides - University of Toronto Libraries 

Other Citation Style Formats

Online Citation Composers/Aggregators

  • Endnote (available to SHSU and TAMU students only)
    • Sam Houston University Student Access to Endnote
    • Texas A&M Student Access to Endnote
    • With Endnote, you can:
      • Export journal and book records from many databases to Endnote
      • Access your citations anytime, from anywhere the Internet is available
      • Use "cite while you write" to insert references into Word as you write the paper with only a click or two to create citations and a bibliography in the style of your choice
  • Citation Machine - David Warlick's Landmark Project includes this online composer.  Uses fill-in-the-blank forms to build a MLA-style bibliography.  Forms included are Web Page, Book, Article, Newspaper or Magazine and Email Message.