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BibMe: Free Bibliography & Citation Maker - MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard

BibMe: Free Bibliography & Citation Maker - MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard | technologies | Scoop.it
BibMe Free Bibliography & Citation Maker - MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard
John Dalziel's insight:
When writing papers, practitioners and learners know that creating citations and references are extremely important.
BibMe has been around for some time, but is worth a look for several reasons. 
  - BibMe has a very simplistic interface, which makes creating a bibliography extremely useful. e.g. users can just copy and paste the URL, title, or ISBN of their resource and BibMe can generate a bibliography. If users have more sources to add, they can keep adding to it and then download! 
  - BibMe has a variety of tools to help with the writing process. e.g. BibMe has citation guides - http://www.bibme.org/citation-guide - to help with citing a specific type of resource. 
  - BibMe is free! There's no limited to the number of citations either. 
Worth looking and trying.
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DraftMap - Proofread Your Text

DraftMap - Proofread Your Text | technologies | Scoop.it
Proofread your text. Catch style issues and common errors with a quick copy and paste.
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DraftMap checks a user's style and word repetition on-line. Plus, the Chrome extension adds a satisfying and intuitive experience of real-time suggestions. 
DraftMap uses different colours to highlight different style suggestions. It will point out... 
  - repetitive words, 
  - passive voice, 
  - adverbs, and 
  - cliches, 
...and even advise users on an email’s readability and style. 
The Chrome Extension does all of this from right inside a users Gmail composition window. 
NOTE: There's no need to worry, DraftMap doesn’t change any words and, in case you still have highlighted colours and send the email, the recipient won’t see those colours. The colours are just for the user. 
This has to be worth trying out, initially on the on-line website; just... delete the current text and type or paste in any text you wish to "check".
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Slick Write | Proofread online | Check your grammar and more

Slick Write | Proofread online | Check your grammar and more | technologies | Scoop.it
Slick Write is a powerful, FREE tool that makes it easy to check your writing for grammar errors, potential stylistic mistakes, and other features of interest. Whether you're a blogger, novelist, SEO professional, or student writing an essay for school, Slick Write can help take your writing to the next level.
John Dalziel's insight:
Slick Write is a free service that students can use to help them analyze... 
 - their own writing and/or 
 - written work of other writers. 
Slick Write identifies typical things like... 
 - word counts, 
 - readability, and 
 - an estimated reading time for a document. 
Slick Write will also analyse use of adverbs and prepositional phrases throughout a document. 
Users can pick and choose what they want Slick Write to identify within a passage. 
Watch Richard Byrne's video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/xAs0zB4L95k it shows how easy it is to use Slick Write.
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Fakebook

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Fakebook Fakebook - create a fictional social profile at www.classtools.net
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Fakebook is web based and does not require any software download. 
Fakebook allows users to create mock or fake social media networking profiles for fictional characters, historical figures and more. 
Learners could use "Fakebook" to chart... 
► the plot of a book, 
► the development of a character,  
► a series of historical events, 
► the debates and relationships between people, 
...and so much more! 
Users start by entering a name at the top of the page. 
Then proceed to add friends, posts, comments and profile information. 
They can also add multimedia materials such as images, video clips etc. within posts.
Users can save their work and edit it again later. 
Fakebook also provides a great way to enhance learners communicative as well as collaborative work skills.
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Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Duplicate Content Detection Software

Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Duplicate Content Detection Software | technologies | Scoop.it
Copyscape is a free plagiarism checker. The software lets you detect duplicate content and check if your articles are original.
John Dalziel's insight:
Detect Plagiarism 
When learners use a series of sources for research or inspiration, they can accidentally copy the content. 
Copyscape helps to detect such plagiarism; it shows what pieces of the text are plagiarised so learners can rewrite or cite them in the proper manner. 
Moreover, users can add several of their own articles and compare them with each other. 
The video clip at https://www.youtube.com/embed/MggxboD44aM provides an excellent introduction to the Copyscape Plagiarism Checker and is well worth a look.
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Simplenote

Simplenote | technologies | Scoop.it
The simplest way to keep notes. Light, clean, and free. Simplenote is now available for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux, and the web. Download for iOS Download for Android Download for Mac Download for Kindle Fire Download for Windows 7+ Sign into our web app Download for Linux (.deb) Download for Linux (.tar.gz) What makes…
John Dalziel's insight:
Simplenote is worth a closer look if practitioners or their learners are looking for a simple, straight-forward notes tool that works on almost every device. 
The simple nature of it lets users focus on taking notes without being distracted by other features. 
The default structure of notes could also help learners organize notes across multiple subject areas. 
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BoomWriter - 3 Tools, 1 Unique Process

BoomWriter - 3 Tools, 1 Unique Process | technologies | Scoop.it
BoomWriter is a free group-writing website for teachers where students develop and enhance their writing, reading, vocabulary, and peer assessment skills.
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BoomWriter is a free on-line platform that lets learners collaboratively write stories and a whole lot more.
Currently BoomWriter is being used in over 26,000 schools, BoomWriter is a tool that will bring a spirit of experimentation, craftsmanship, and fun to your writing instruction.
The BoomWriter platform consists of three separate tools...
► StoryWriter - BoomWriter’s original tool. In StoryWriter, learners work together to build a story,
► WordWriter - which is more about using key vocabulary terms, rather than composing a story. Learners practice using whatever vocabulary words assigned to them, and
► ProjectWriter - which combines the first two tools to make them work well for nonfiction writing.
BoomWriter would make a great addition to any course where writing is part of the curriculum. If learners are used to writing on their own, the collaborative aspect of BoomWriter will give them more exposure to the writing of their peers, and the competitive aspect will make many learners "up their writing game". If practitioners are looking for something to freshen up their writing instruction, they should give BoomWriter a try.

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Kabir Kumar's curator insight, March 4, 2016 8:18 AM

BoomWriter is a free on-line platform that lets learners collaboratively write stories and a whole lot more.
Currently BoomWriter is being used in over 26,000 schools, BoomWriter is a tool that will bring a spirit of experimentation, craftsmanship, and fun to your writing instruction.
The BoomWriter platform consists of three separate tools...
► StoryWriter - BoomWriter’s original tool. In StoryWriter, learners work together to build a story,
► WordWriter - which is more about using key vocabulary terms, rather than composing a story. Learners practice using whatever vocabulary words assigned to them, and
► ProjectWriter - which combines the first two tools to make them work well for nonfiction writing.
BoomWriter would make a great addition to any course where writing is part of the curriculum. If learners are used to writing on their own, the collaborative aspect of BoomWriter will give them more exposure to the writing of their peers, and the competitive aspect will make many learners "up their writing game". If practitioners are looking for something to freshen up their writing instruction, they should give BoomWriter a try.

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ProjectWriter - learners can collaboratively write reports

ProjectWriter - learners can collaboratively write reports | technologies | Scoop.it
ProjectWriter - Conduct group nonfiction writing projects centered around Social Studies/History, Science, or Technical Subjects
John Dalziel's insight:

ProjectWriter is a service through which learners can collaboratively write reports while using vocabulary terms and dates that practitioners have assigned to them.
The benefit of using ProjectWriter for this process is that practitioners get to see each learner's contributions to the project in the 'teacher' dashboard.
They can also give feedback to learners...
   - individually or
   - to the whole group.
Check out ProjectWriter, for ideas about using it within education

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Analyze My Writing

Analyze My Writing | technologies | Scoop.it
An Online Writing Sample Content and Readability Analyzer: analyze your writing and get statistics on words you use most frequently, word and sentence length, readability, punctuation usage, and more.
John Dalziel's insight:

No this isn't just another word cloud tool like Wordle, there's much more to it than a word cloud generator.
Users just paste their text into Analyze My Writing and it will generate a large amount of information about your writing.
Analyze My Writing will...
   - give users a break-down of the readability of their writing on five indices;
   - include listings of the most common words and most common word pairs in their writing; and
   - provide a listing of how frequently they use punctuation and punctuation types.
Oh yes, and finally, a word cloud is included at the end of the analysis of their writing.
Analyze My Writing could be a great resource for learners to use when editing their assignments.

Beyond the readability of the their papers learners will receive important information about the words and phrases they have used repetitively in their writings.

Well worth looking at, and/or trying out.

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Maura Bilek's curator insight, June 5, 2015 6:45 PM

Interesting way to get some feedback on the way you write.

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Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for young learners

Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for young learners | technologies | Scoop.it
Get Imagistory - Creative Storytelling App for Kids on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

Imagistory is a creative storytelling app which uses wordless picture books.
The idea behind the wordless books is that youngsters get to be the storytellers, simply by using their imaginations to tell the story using the pictures, creating it as they go.
It's a new way for learners and parents/teachers to share a story together, ones which can be told a different way every time.
Imagistory helps...
   - foster creativity,
   - imagination and
   - to develop language and early literacy skills.
Youngsters are already natural storytellers, so help them discover this and unleash their storytelling potential!

Could also be used for ESOL, EFL, ESL and Modern Language learning.

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FREE Printables from MakeBeliefsComix

FREE Printables from MakeBeliefsComix | technologies | Scoop.it
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If learners don't have access to computers, take a look at the Make Beliefs Comix printable templates to use as writing prompts. I'm sure there is a category that will provide appropriate resources for learners.

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Google Noto Fonts

Google Noto Fonts | technologies | Scoop.it
Beautiful and free fonts for all languages. Noto is Google’s font family that aims to support all the world’s languages. Its design goal is to achieve visual harmonization across languages.
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Noto fonts are under Apache License 2.0. Simply select a region of your interest and pick languages. You will then be provided with download links for each one.

Ideal for learners on language courses or for learners who want to communicate with family and/or others in their native tounge

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WordWriter

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WordWriter provides a new way of "Learning Vocabulary" through writing
WordWriter...
   - is a new writing tool from BoomWriter.
   - allows practitioners to create vocabulary lists that they want learners to incorporate into a writing assignment.
   - assignments offer a good way to have learners practice using new vocabulary words in context.

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WordWriter provides a new way of "Learning Vocabulary" through writing
WordWriter...
   - is a new writing tool from BoomWriter.
   - allows practitioners to create vocabulary lists that they want learners to incorporate into a writing assignment.
   - assignments offer a good way to have learners practice using new vocabulary words in context.

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Wikipedia "Tools and Resources" for instructors

Wikipedia "Tools and Resources" for instructors | technologies | Scoop.it
If you’re interested in adding a Wikipedia assignment to your course, we can help. Our staff has been supporting the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada since 2010. In…
John Dalziel's insight:
There's a high probability that readers of this post use Wikipedia but, if they are Education Practitioners, will tell their Learners not to! 
That's the reason for this post! 
Wikipedia has long been the bane of most educators – resulting in the... 
"don’t believe everything you read on the internet because anyone can publish anything" movement. 
While Wikipedia provides subject matter for teaching... 
  - credibility, 
  - authority, 
  - source citations, 
...and more 
The idea of actually using Wikipedia to explicitly teach research is less common. This is where Wikipedia "Tools and Resources" for instructors comes in. 
Over the last 7 years, the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada, have collected user experiences and feedback to put together some guidelines and training for practitioners and their learners. 
Guidelines include... 
  - Resources for instructors 
  - Getting students ready 
  - Subject-specific handouts 
  - Classroom handouts and 
  - Designing assignments 
This is just a taste of what's on offer. 
Find out more on the WikiEdu home page at https://wikiedu.org/
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GwynethJones's curator insight, July 11, 10:18 PM

As I've been saying for 6 years, Wikipedia Is Not Wicked!

LOVE this!

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Book Creator - the simple way to create beautiful ebooks

Book Creator - the simple way to create beautiful ebooks | technologies | Scoop.it
Book Creator is a simple EdTech tool to create ebooks on iPad, Android and Windows tablets. Create a book and publish it to Apple's iBooks Store.
John Dalziel's insight:
With Book Creator 5.1 users can now publish their books and make them available on the web. 
Practitioners can also share their learners’ work with... 
  - specific people and/or 
  - a global audience and/or 
  - embed books into course blogs or learning provider's website 
Just... 
  - tap the export icon beneath your book, and instead of choosing ePub, PDF or video, choose ‘Publish on-line’. 
NOTE: The first time you do this, you’ll be prompted to create a "Teacher account", which you can do with your email address or with an existing Google account. 
All modern browsers are supported on laptops, desktops, tablets and mobile. 
What about privacy? 
Learners cannot publish their own books. It will always be the teacher using their own account that chooses whether or not a book can be shared on-line. 
Once published, books are not publicly searchable on Google or other search engines. 
Books can only be accessed using their private link. It’s up to practitioners to decide how and with whom they share the link. 
What about cost? 
For starters, "every teacher can publish 10 books for free" Ideal for writing courses and more. 
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Telegraph - a minimalist publishing tool

Telegraph - a minimalist publishing tool | technologies | Scoop.it
Telegra.ph is a minimalist publishing tool that allows you to create richly formatted posts and push them to the Web in just a click. Telegraph posts also get beautiful Instant View pages on Telegram.
John Dalziel's insight:
Telegra.ph gives practitioners, and/or learners, a simple place to publish their writing and pictures without the need to create an account on the site. 
To publish users simply go to telegra.ph and start writing. 
As well as including pictures in their writing, users can also include videos. 
Richard Byrne has created a video clip to show how users can publish a multimedia story on Telegra.ph - watch it at https://www.youtube.com/embed/1C1OnG7EBzc ;
The end result is given its own URL that users can share with those that they want to read their work. 
The whole process of publishing on Telegraph is quick and easy.
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Draft - a collaborative writing tool

Write better with Draft. Easy version control and collaboration to improve your writing.
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For learners who don't have Google Documents, Draft could be a nice tool for peer editing/collaborating on-line. 
Draft is a collaborative writing tool that makes users focus on writing and revising by providing a simple interface. 
In Draft... 
♥ users won't find options for inserting images or messing around with font types. 
♥ users just write. 
When they're ready to get feedback about their writing, they can invite someone to read their document by entering that person's email address. 
The person/People that read(s) their document can suggest edits. 
When the person/People reading the document have finished users can accept or reject the suggested edits. 
As I've suggested in the past, with Google documents, the invited person could be the Course Practitioner; ideal especially for on-line courses, enhancing communication between learners and practitioners.
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CommonLit | Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Resources

CommonLit | Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Resources | technologies | Scoop.it
CommonLit is a free digital collection of fiction and nonfiction texts and question sets, organized by theme, essential question and grade level.
John Dalziel's insight:
CommonLit is a free website designed to help learners develop advanced reading and writing skills. 
Learners within the USA are the target audience but, it is well worth a closer look here in the UK. 
CommonLit gives practitioners access to a full free digital curriculum that enables them to... 
 ● assign texts to learners, 
 ● score written responses, 
 ● send real-time feedback and 
 ● collect analytics on learner progress. 
CommonLit has recently released a new feature called text sets and they are available for free. 
Each text set contains 5-20 individuals lesson resources that share a common topic or historical period. 
Like all of the materials on CommonLit’s free website, the texts themselves can be assigned to classes or individual students via the platform. 
tudents answer a set of text-dependent questions on-line and practitioners access data analytics on learner progress. 
Each text also comes with... 
 ● a discussion guide, 
 ● recommended paired passages, 
 ● related media, and 
 ● a parent guide. 
Learning providers with limited technology can download printable versions of the resources. 
Another relatively new feature from CommonLit is Guided Reading Mode, designed specifically to help struggling readers understand difficult text. 
Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/igpf3O6JeoE to learn more about this feature.
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Quill - Free Literacy tool providing writing and grammar activities.

Quill - Free Literacy tool providing writing and grammar activities. | technologies | Scoop.it
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Quill is a is a free, web-based literacy tool that provides personalized, interactive writing and grammar activities. 
Those using Quill learn writing and grammar skills by writing sentences and proofreading passages. 
Practitioners can create a class in Quill and invite their learners to join it using the generated code. 
Once learners join they will be able to access the worksheets assigned to them. 
NOTE: Quill has recently released a new feature called activity packs at https://www.quill.org/activities/packs . These are activities created in collaboration with practitioners and are a simple way to assign a group of activities to learners quickly.
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Quill is a is a free, web-based literacy tool that provides personalized, interactive writing and grammar activities. 
Those using Quill learn writing and grammar skills by writing sentences and proofreading passages. 
Practitioners can create a class in Quill and invite their learners to join it using the generated code. 
Once learners join they will be able to access the worksheets assigned to them. 
NOTE: Quill has recently released a new feature called activity packs at https://www.quill.org/activities/packs . These are activities created in collaboration with practitioners and are a simple way to assign a group of activities to learners quickly.
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JellyBean Writer and JellyBean Scoop

JellyBean Writer and JellyBean Scoop | technologies | Scoop.it
JellyBeanScoop Autopub description
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Jellybean Writer and Jellybean Scoop could be good resources for ESOL/ESL/EFL functional skills etc. Learners could read (four reading levels) fun and interesting news stories on Jellybean Scoop then write their own stories about the topics covered in the articles they've read.
When writing, learners can...
   ▪ import pictures from their computers and
   ▪ write captions for each image.
A variety of layout templates, background colours, and fonts are available for them to use.
The resulting stories can be...

   ▪ saved online or

   ▪ downloaded and printed.
If practitioners feel that picture books are too simple for their learners, they can skip using pictures and select one of the text only templates for the pages in their books.
NOTE: 1: Users have to create an account to access the reading questions and writing tools on Jellybean Scoop. 2: Practitioners who create accounts for themselves can also create and manage accounts for their learners.

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Hemingway

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Hemingway is a free tool designed to help learners analyse their writing.
Hemingway...
   - offers a range of information about the passage they've written or copied and pasted into the site;
   - highlights the parts of their writing that use passive voice, adverbs, and overly complex sentences.
All of those factors are accounted for in generating a general readability score for their passage.
Note: A new beta version (you can opt-into it) includes tools for formatting text within the Hemingway editor.

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Youngzine | News and more for the Young

Youngzine | News and more for the Young | technologies | Scoop.it

Youngzine is an online News Magazine for younger learners. It provides an educational, entertaining, yet safe way for kids (and adults) to get the latest news from around the world.

John Dalziel's insight:

Youngzine is a website site that features...
   - news,
   - sports, and
   - entertainment stories for younger learners (and adults).
The classroom blogs feature is worth a closer look.
Youngzine classroom blogs enable practitioners to create a private online space for their learners to use to discuss news stories.
Practitioners can register their learners on Youngzine and assign them to their 'classroom'. Then within their 'Youngzine classroom' they can assign articles for their students to read, ask them to response to articles and discussion prompts, and view their scores on the Youngzine weekly quiz.
In addition to the classroom blog option, Youngzine also offers learners the option to contribute their own reporting to the site through the U-Write section of the site. Learners can sign-up individually to contribute to Youngzine's U-Write section or a practitioner can register their entire class.

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Story Starters

Story Starters | technologies | Scoop.it
Websites for Writers
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Two tools to engage learners
   - First there's Scribble is a word game for kids, adults, families, and learning environments. The goal is to create as many words as possible (in a given time perhaps) using the ten letters that are randomly generated.
Then there's either...

   - Story Starter which randomly generates 215,572,250,880 story starters which can be used as starters for short stories, novels, plays, scripts, or just for fun.

OR
   - Story Starter, Jr. whichprovides 171,600 story starters for younger learners. All three links can be accessed when you take a closer look

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Make Beliefs Comix e-books from Bill Zimmerman

Make Beliefs Comix e-books from Bill Zimmerman | technologies | Scoop.it
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The Make Beliefs Comix e-books are PDFs that learners customise by filling in the blanks within the document.
If learners use Chrome, they can complete the PDF in their web browsers.
The Make Beliefs Comix e-books provide a nice source of writing prompts for learners.

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Purdue OWL

Purdue OWL | technologies | Scoop.it
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.
John Dalziel's insight:

Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an online website that provides free guidelines and rules on a variety of research topics including how to reference papers using both MLA and APA styles. Although nothing replaces having an official MLA or APA guide book, OWL does prove to be handy.
OWL provides learners with...
   - pointers and short samples and examples of how to go about using citations and references in their paper. Users can use the entries on the left hand side to quickly jump to any section they have trouble with.
   - general guidelines on how to prepare and format papers and manuscripts in both MLA and APA. These guidelines are a must read for anyone engaged in scholarly work.

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GDod's curator insight, January 5, 2015 10:10 PM

Search the OWL!  This website is a powerful tool that can answer most writing style questions.