Writing and Citation Resources

Writing resources

The TUC Library has dozens of books and eBooks on the topic of writing. Below are selected titles:

Try a catalog search for 'writing' to find more.

Writing websites

Dartmouth Writing Program
This resource includes tips for college-level writing and as well as topics including: constructing an informed argument, choosing an appropriate topic, finding a rhetorical stance, considering structure, and using appropriate tone and style.

Bates College's How to Write a Paper in Scientific Journal Style and Format
Bates College has published a very thorough guide to writing scientific papers, which includes an introduction to journal-style scientific writing as well as sections on how to write each component of a scientific journal paper.

Scientific Writing Booklet
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arizona produced this free booklet that includes useful tips on word usage, grammar, and voice.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
The OWL website contains a wealth of writing resources, including resources on writing in different disciplines, job search writing, and technical writing.

Citation resources


EndNote citation management software, free software for TUC faculty, staff, and students, can help automate a lot of the work in formatting citations according to specific citation styles. To learn how to obtain and use EndNote, consult our EndNote Guide.

When using EndNote, it helps to understand what a properly formatted citation should look like. Consult the style guides and websites below for help with specific citation styles.

Citation style guides

AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors, 10th Ed.
The TUC Library has a copy of the American Medical Association Manual of Style in the Reference section for library use only.

AMA Style Guide
Downloadable quick reference guide to American Medical Association Manual of Style citation formats.

Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles: MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions and More
ebrary eBook title that includes chapters on how to cite in AMA style. Note that the APA style guidelines have changed since publication of this book, so please use another source for instructions on APA style.

NLM Citing Medicine
Citing Medicine is a free eBook from the National Library of Medicine that explains how to format citations in NLM Style, which is the foundation for the reference style approved by the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed.
The TUC Library has several print copies of the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), including one copy in the Reference section for library-use only.

APA Style Guide to Electronic References, 6th Ed.
This is an amendment to the APA Publication Manual, with a specific focus on citing electronic references. This document is a password-protected pdf. Ask any librarian for the password.

APA Style Simplified: Writing in Psychology, Education, Nursing, and Sociology
This eBook is on the EBL eBook platform - you will need to create a free EBL account before viewing or downloading this book.

Citation Databases

Academic Writer (Formerly APA Style CENTRAL) (American Psychological Association)
The TUC Library licenses this database for the TUC community. This resource is designed to help users develop their writing and professional research skills. APA Style CENTRAL combines sophisticated learning and teaching tools, advanced writing and content management technology, and full integration of APA’s best-selling Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association® to create an unparalleled web-based suite of integrated services and tools. 

Citation websites

Citation Resources, Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
This resource offers examples for the general format of research papers, in-text citations, and the reference page for APA (American Psychological Association), MLA (Modern Language Association), and Chicago styles.

APA Style Blog
The APA (American Psychological Association) Style Blog is run by a group of experts who work with APA Style every day. If you cannot find your answer in the Publication Manual, this blog is a good place to check.