Research and Study Help

Citation and Style Guides: APA, MLA, and more!

APA:

American Psychological Association

MLA:

Modern Language Association

Chicago:

Chicago Manual of Style

Online Citation Tools:

Try these resources to develop your references and works cited lists. Some offer forms to create citations. Be sure to compare your results from these sources with the appropriate manual for accuracy.
  • Citation Machine, is a tool that can help you format your citations based on MLA (7th or 8th editions), APA, or Chicago style guides.
  • EasyBib, offers citation generation for MLA7, MLA8, APA, and more.
  • KnightCite Citation Service, from The Hekman Library at Calvin College, can build citations for MLA 8th ed., APA 6th ed., and Chicago 16th ed.

Writing Help:

Printer-friendly Guides:

Suggested Books:

  • Common Errors in English Usage, 2nd edition.
    Call number: PE 1464 .B75 2009
  • Easy Writing Skills Step-by-step.
    Call number: PE 1408 .L66 2012
  • Handbook for Writers, 8th edition.
    Call number: PE 1408 .T696 2007.
  • McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Misspelled and Easily Confused Words.
    Call number: P 2817 .M38 2006 REF
  • Real Writing with Readings: Paragraphs and Essays for College, Work, and Everyday Life, 3rd edition.
    Call number: PE 1439 .A55 2004.
  • Rules for Writers, 7th edition.
    Call number: PE 1408 .H277 2012.

Suggested E-Books:

Online Resources:

Conducting Research:

Printer-friendly Guides:

Suggested Books:

  • The Bedford Guide to the Research Process, 3rd edition.
    Call number: LB 2369 .J56 1997. An easy-to-use guide with an outline of the research process and advice on using a wide range of resource materials.
  • Bookmarks: a Guide to Research and Writing, 3rd edition.
    Call number: LB 2369 .R88 2006. This well-organized and user-friendly guide incorporates a tabbed divider, making it easy to find help for specific research needs. While its “Web Guide,” a list of “useful URLs,” may be dated, its advice is sound and it includes several style guides and sample papers.
  • Handbook for College Research, 3rd edition.
    Call number: LB 2369 .P425 2005.
  • Research Strategies: Finding Your Way through the Information Fog, 4th edition.
    Call number: Z 710 .B23 2011.
  • Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide, 11th edition.
    Call number: LB 2369 .L4 2005

Suggested E-Books:

Online Resources:

Information Evaluation:

Regardless of the format, all information sources should be evaluated. Any of the following may be used. Some may be specific to evaluating online resources, others can be applied to any information format. These are just a few that are available. Regardless of the search tool used, always evaluate your sources.

Printer-friendly Guides:

Suggested Books:

  • 100% Information Literacy Success
    Call number: ZA 3075 .T394 2007
  • Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet
    Call number: ZA 4201 .W43 2002

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Study and Test-Taking Skills:

Printer-friendly Guides:

Suggested Books:

  • How to Study and Other Skills for Success in College, 5th edition.
    Call number: LB 2395 .M595 2003. Also available as an eBook.
  • Integrating College Study Skills: Reasoning in Reading, Listening, and Writing, 6th edition.
    Call number: LB 2395 .S597 2002.
  • Keys to College Success: Reading and Study Improvement, 4th edition.
    Call number: LB 2395 .L447 1998.
  • Striving for Excellence in College: Tips for Active Learning, 2nd edition.
    Call number: LB 2395 .B77 2001.
  • Ten Steps to Advancing College Reading Skills, 3rd edition.
    Call number: LB 2395.3 .L345 1999.
  • Test-taking Strategies
    Call number: LB 3060.57 .K36 2003
  • The Secrets of Taking Any Test, 2nd edition.
    Call number: LB 3060.57 .M49 2000.

Suggested E-Books:

Online Resources:

  • Homework Louisiana provides one-on-one help from a certified tutor from Tutor.com, test preparation help for SAT, ACT, and HiSET, video lessons, practice quizzes and job search assistance!
  • Khan Academy offers interactive exercises, video tutorials, etc.; sign-up required, but it’s FREE!
  • LearningExpress PrepSTEP: Browse the various Centers for help in all areas of study and essential skills for academic success. Individual account required for on- or off-campus access. See How to Access RPCC Library Resources for more information.
  • Study Guides and Strategies offers help with studying, time management, reading and research, test taking, and more.
  • Varsity Tutors: FREE Learning Tools offers free practice tests for ACT, SAT, Advanced Placement, and more; register for a free account. This site also offers tutoring services for a fee.

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