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Below are links to some other Web sites that can help with your writing.

Online Writing Labs and Writing Guides

These Web sites offer handouts, exercises, and other resources on writing, grammar, and documenting sources.

Citing Sources

  • MLA Style—The Modern Language Association (MLA) documentation style: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • APA Style—The American Psychological Association (APA) documentation style: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Chicago StyleChicago-Style Citation Quick Guide
  • ASA (Sociology) Style—The Purdue Online Writing Lab's guides to formatting the manuscript, in-text citations, and references page of papers in the American Sociological Association style (Click Next Resource in the lower right corner of each page to access the other pages.)
  • Research and Documentation Online—Writing and research manuals for humanities, social sciences, history, and sciences by Diana Hacker
  • Citing Your Sources—The University of California Berkeley Library guides to citing your sources in three documentation styles
  • Research and Citation Resources—The Purdue Online Writing Lab's guides to formatting papers in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles
  • Knight-Cite—Citation service provided by Calvin College. Enter the bibliographic information for your source, and Knight-Cite produces a citation in MLA, APA, or Chicago style.


Research Links

  • Library Catalog—Find books in the Sierra College Library and other libraries.
  • Library Research Databases—Find articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals through ProQuest and other online databases provided by the Sierra College Library. NOTE: Off-campus users must log in to their mySierra accounts and click "LRC/Electronic Reserves" in the "Links" area in the lower left corner of their mySierra homepage.
  • Internet Search—Search the Internet with, Bing, Exalead, Gigablast, Google, Infomine, ipl2, Scirus, and Yahoo, as well as Art and Architecture on the Internet and Primary Sources on the Internet.
  • Modern American Poetry—Read what critics say about over 100 poets' works.

Sample Research Papers

  • A Writer's Reference—On this Web site for Diana Hacker's popular handbook, click the link to "Model papers." Sample research papers in MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE (CBE) styles are provided, along with samples showing how to write an outline, an annotated bibliography, literary anaylsis and argument papers.

Dictionaries On-Line

  • Merriam-Webster OnLineWebster's Collegiate Dictionary and Collegiate Thesaurus
  •—Definitions from The American Heritage Dictionary and Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary

Dictionaries On-Line for Learners of English

Writing and Grammar Exercises

ESL Writing and Grammar Exercises

Reference Books On-Line

  • Bartleby Reference—Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, The American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, and many other classic and contemporary reference books

Writing the Personal Statement for College Applications

  • Transfer Admission—Brochure on transferring to UC Berkeley, including information on writing the personal statement (on page 4).
  • The Personal Statement at Berkeley—How the Admissions office at UC Berkeley uses the personal statement.
  • The Personal Statement—Advice on how to write the personal statement for an application to the University of California or other 4-year university.
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