Research Paper Writing and Citing FAQ

Where can I find an online guide about how to write an academic research paper?

Chicago Manual of Style

Where’s the best place to start looking for information about research writing and citing?

William and Mary’s Swem Library Research Paper Writing & Citation Guide

Where can I find ebooks about research paper writing and citing?

Search the Swem catalog by keyword or subject (e.g., report writing, bibliographical citations, academic writing, etc.) and choose ‘electronic’ for the format or material type.

How do I avoid plagiarism?

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab "Avoiding Plagiarism"

Duke University's "Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism"

Where can I find free, on-campus help with research papers and oral presentations?

Visit the Writing Resources Center for help in person or via Skype.

Where can I find an online guide that tells how to cite my sources?

The Chicago Manual of Style Online

APA Style

MLA Style

How do I cite a database, an e-book, a tweet, etc.?



How do I write an annotated bibliography?

Annotated bibliographies - Purdue University's guide

Annotated bibliographies - UNC-Chapel Hill's guide

MLA-style and APA-style Annotated Bibliographies - Cornell's guide

Where can I find a free citation tool to collect and format my sources?

Online tools let you import citations and documents from all kinds of online sources, organize them, and create reference lists in various output styles.


EasyBib (MLA style)



Where can I find a free tool to help organize and keep track of all my research?

One Note (part of Microsoft Office)




GrowlyNotes(free Mac App)