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Documentation Styles HandoutsAPAChicago, and MLA
Other HandoutsEssay WritingGrammar, and Scholarships

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Documentation Styles Handouts

Citing the Nurse Practice Act in APA Format
APA Paper Format
APA In-Text Citations
APA Paraphrasing
APA References Page Entries
APA Sample References Page


Chicago Bibliography Format
Chicago Endnotes
Chicago Footnotes
Chicago Essay Format


Citing Literary Works in MLA
MLA Paper Format

MLA Sample Works Cited
MLA ParaphrasingFormatting Titles in MLA Style

Other Handouts

Essay Writing

Annotated Bibliography
Body Paragraph Structure
Citing a Source At-a-Glance
Formatting in Word 2010: Update coming soon for Word 2013!
Formatting Titles At-a-Glance
Introducing Quotations
Sample Outline
Quick Tips for Essay Writing
Writing a Literary Analysis
Writing a Thesis
Writing an Introduction
Writing Conclusions
Writing Essay Examinations and Short Answer Questions
Writing Titles


Active and Passive Voice
Apostrophes At-a-Glance
Avoiding 1st and 2nd Person
Combining Sentences
Commas At-a-Glance
Eliminating Problematic Language
Fixing Fragments at-a-Glance
Semicolons, Colons, Dashes, Parentheses
Sentence Variety


IVCC Scholarship Essay (handout)
Writing Scholarships (PowerPoint)