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Library Services for Online Students

The purpose of this research guide is to highlight library services offered to University of Mary online 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!