Featured Website of the Day: the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue

Among many of the faculty in our College of Education, the Online Writing Lab (OWL), created and maintained by the English Department at Purdue University, is considered to be one of the most reliable and accurate guides for citing sources in APA and MLA style.  During library instruction sessions, I usually recommend this online source to students.

Many citation style guides on the Internet are not accurate. I have found that many of our students have stumbled upon citation style generators which they absolutely love. These generators seem so convenient because they allow you to type in your citation information and they will automatically generate a citation in whatever style you request.  So what’s the trouble? They are not completely accurate. Furthermore, why not just take the time to LEARN how to cite a source properly?

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue covers most citation scenarios our students will encounter when writing their papers. The site is well-maintained and is very reputable. In addition, this site also contains excellent information on writing papers geared specifically towards ESL students, high school students, and professional writers.  This is definitely the cream of the crop when it comes to citation guide Websites.


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