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Online Writing Labs
Many writing centers have established Online Writing Labs (OWLs) which provide valuable research tools for writers. These sites offer a variety of resources, including information on the writing process, APA and MLA style guides, and examples of different genres of writing.

Documentation Styles
Does your assignment require MLA format? APA? Chicago? CBE? If you're unsure of how to format your paper, visit Bailey Library's online directory of Documentation Styles. The links will take you directly to information on different writing formats. Or, to do one last check on your Works Cited or References page, try out the Citation Machine -- an independent website that checks MLA and APA citation formatting. Also check out "MLA Frequently Asked Questions" or "APA Frequently Asked Questions"

Plagiarism Resources
If you're not sure about what Plagiarism is or you would like to learn how to avoid it, try one of the links below.

Plagiarism: What Is It? and How to Avoid it -- Published by Indiana University's Writing Tutorial Services, this site provides strategies for recognizing, understanding, and avoiding plagiarism.

Avoiding Plagiarism -- Published by the Purdue University OWL, this site provides general information and a questionnaire that can help you decide where and how to cite your material.

WPA Statement on Plagiarism -- Published by the Council of Writing Program Administrators, this PDF document summarizes current thinking and best practices for defining and avoiding plagiarism, along with advice for students, faculty, and administrators.

Copyright Basics -- Published by the Copyright Website, this site offers a primer on copyright law, offering answers to many of the more frequently asked questions involving copyright, fair use, and what it means for producers and users of creative and intellectual property.

Plagiarism Examples -- Published by Drew University, this article gives specific examples of plagiarism.

Plagiarism Tutorial -- Published by University of Maryland University College, this tutorial offers guidelines and strategies for avoiding plagiarism. 

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