How to Cite A Blog in MLA and APA Formats

October 22nd, 2007 Delgado Posted in APA, MLA 1 Comment »

citation bookI think most professors are okay with students citing blogs in class papers (as long as the blog post is written from a credible source).

However, I’ve had a couple professors that didn’t allow anyone to cite blogs or Wikipedia articles in papers. They felt that those websites could be easily changed, and weren’t worth citing.

That’s why you should always check with your Prof before using a blog entry in your works cited list.

Once you have approval to reference a blog for your essay, here are some ways to cite blogs according to MLA and APA style guide:

MLA FORMAT
Lastname, Firstname, “Title of individual blog entry.” Weblog entry. Title of Weblog. Date posted. Date accessed (URL).

APA FORMAT
Lastname, FirstInitial. Title of individual blog entry. Retrieved January 1, 2007, from http://www.blog.com

If you have any problems figuring this out, simply plug in your blog info into Citation Machine’s online form. It will automatically style your blog into MLA or APA format.

For more examples of how to cite blogs, check out the Purdue teaching resource page.

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Firefox Extensions Every Student Should Use

October 6th, 2007 Delgado Posted in APA, Online Resources, Research, Study Help 2 Comments »

Since we’re disappointed with the Firefox Campus Edition plug-in list, we’ve decided to make our own. These Firefox plug-ins are designed to help you research and use the web more efficiently when studying.

google pluginCustomize Google
The Customize Google plug-in allows you to quickly move from your Google search results to Yahoo, Ask.com, MSN, Technorati, Wikipedia, etc. This can save you a lot of time when you want to quickly switch between search engines. You can also change the preferences so that you don’t see any annoying PPC ads. This plug-in is also cool because it removes image copying restrictions in Google Print. There are many more benefits for this plug-in–so just install it.This is a definite must-have for any student.

worldcat

WorlCat Search Plug-in
Need to quickly find a book, download an audiobook, or video? WorldCat will instantly find these resources for you at a library near you (based on your IP address). This handy plug-in allows you search for these items anytime, right from your browser window.

bookmark pluginOnline BookMark Manager
Get access to all of your personal bookmarks online–instead of leaving them on your main computer. This plug-in will allow you to add, edit, or delete bookmarks wherever you are. And this bookmark manager will automatically sync your bookmark list no matter where you’re editing it from. This is very helpful, especially if your researching a topic and need to keep track of dozens of websites.

Zotero – Research Plug-In
Zotero is a must for anyone writing a research paper in APA, MLA, or CMA style. This plug-in lets youzotero instantly save website citation information with a click of your mouse. Once you’ve clicked the Zotero button, the website data is saved and can be easily exported into whatever style format you need. Zotero also allows you to save pdfs and notes about whatever website you’re studying. That can come in handy the next time you need to save a journal article pdf. We highly recommend Zotero for any researcher.

We’re sure there are many others that we missed, so please leave a comment and let us know about your favorite Firefox extensions.

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Build a Bibliography Quickly with These Websites

September 14th, 2007 Delgado Posted in APA, Online Resources 1 Comment »

I don’t know about you, but I hate writing bibliographies. It takes so much time to get everything formatted just right.

Books need to be formatted one way; journal articles have to be written a different way; and websites need to be . . . yeah, you get the picture.   It can all be very annoying (especially when you’re in a rush).

So that’s why we like these online tools that can help you develop your paper’s bibliography in a snap. Yeah, this includes APA, MLA, and Chicago.
Here you go:

OttoBib
Simply type in your book’s ISBN number and press enter. You’ll instantly get your books info styled appropriately in either MLA, APA, or Chicago. This online tool can save you tons of time. Very cool.

BibMe
Alright, this website will definitely save you tons of time. You can easily get a bibliography styled in MLA or APA for books, magazines, newspaper articles, journals, or film. Yeah, this is definitely a great place to start when starting your bibliography.

EasyBib
This website isn’t as user-friendly, but it can help you get your books and magazines styled for MLA or APA fairly quickly. I’d probably use this website as a last resort though. It takes a little bit of time to get used to–and when I’m writing a bibliography–I don’t have much time.

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The Best APA Cheat Sheets on the Web

May 8th, 2007 Delgado Posted in APA, Essay Help 1 Comment »

So it’s like 3 a.m. and you’re trying to finish your paper. You’re almost done, but you forgot where you left your APA Style Guide. No worries. We have some online APA style guide cheat sheets that you can use right now:

APA Formatting Tips from Purdue
Purdue University offers a comprehensive review of everything you need to know about APA style. This website offers not only great instruction, but also helpful pictures to demonstrate how to use the various APA rules.

APA Research Style Crib Sheet Project
This website archives a bunch of handy APA rules that you should definitely check out. It provides an excellent summary of how to format and write your title page, references, and abbreviations.

APA Online Tips
The official APA website doesn’t provide very many free tips because they want you to buy the book from them. However, they do offer some free tips on APA word usage and hyphens.

APA Citation Help
How do you cite multiple authors again? Or what about citing televisions shows or interviews? This website answers all those common questions.

APA Style Essentials
This might be one of our favorite APA sites. It’s written and maintained by a professor of psychology. He not only lists all the major APA rules, but he includes a downloadable pdf to show you exactly how to do it. Very useful.

Templates for Research Papers
This site offers free Microsoft Word templates for MLA, APA, CMS, and CBE. It’s a quick way to get your paper styled correctly.

Citation Machine
Citation Machine allows you to input the information from your book, journal article, magazine, newpaper, or anthology . . . and then it spits out the correct APA format.

If you find any other handy APA cheat sheets on the web, please send us an email or leave a comment here. We’ll add it to the list.

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