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English 101 - Ames

Formatting your Paper

Click on the links below for information about writing research papers including the research process and how to format your papers.‚Äč

  • See samples of sources formatted in the MLA citation style as well as a sample MLA-formatted paper.
  • Allows users to organize and retrieve information, such as citations for books, articles, and Web sites, by interfacing with library databases.

10 Steps to Writing a Research Paper 

  • Learn about the research process and appropriate resources for the different types of papers.  

Organizing and Citing Your Sources

Citation Tools

  • BibMe 
    This is a fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills: MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian
  • Citation Builder 
    This is a web-based tool designed to quickly and easily generate citations for sources consulted during the research process.
  • KnightCite 
    MLA, APA, Chicago
  • Son of Citation Machine 
    APA, MLA, Turabian, Chicago

Citation Managers  

  • Mendeley 
    This reference manager and academic social network can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.
  • Zotero 
    This is easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Zotero is available as an add-on for Firefox only.