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Library Services for Worldwide Students

The purpose of this research guide is to highlight library services offered to Worldwide, online program, distance education, and non-main campus students.

Purdue Owl

Purdue University has an excellent online writing lab (Purdue OWL) that assists students with academic writing. Purdue OWL has citation guides at: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/

Choosing a Style

There are quite a few different ways to properly cite resources in your paper. The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example:

  • MLA style (Modern Language Association) is typically used by the Humanities 

  • APA style (American Psychological Association)  often is used by Education, Psychology, and Business

  • Chicago (Professor Turabian, University of Chicago) is generally used by History and some of the Fine Arts.

  • AMA (American Medical Association) is used for medical research. 

When determining which style to use there are several resources to keep in mind:

  • Ask your professor which style s/he prefers for the course.

  • Consult a style guide for examples of using various citation styles to create in-text citations, bibliographies and reference lists, or use citation software to assist you in tracking sources used and building in-text citations and bibliographies. 

  • The University of Mary has a Writing Center to assist students with written composition. Worldwide students can access the Writing Center by sending an e-mail to writingcenter@umary.eduYou need to attach information about the assignment and the rough draft on which you are seeking feedback. 

Bottom line: Check with your professor to make sure you use the style required for that class. Whatever style you choose, BE CONSISTENT!