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HM 832: Writing Help

APA Basics

Authoritative Guide: APA Manual

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition


  • APA also has a website that includes some "Quick Answers" and general advice on formatting and citation questions
  • APA Style Essentials by Douglas Degelman, Ph.D., and Martin Lorenzo Harris, Ph.D. offers an up-to-date overview.

Style Tutorials

  • APA Exposed
    Harvard's guide to APA. Easy to pick just the areas you need, covers the whole APA Style process.


Grammar & Style

Guide to Grammar and Writing (Capital Community College) A great overview of grammar and how to avoid common writing mistakes.

ESL Common Errors Workbook (Penguin): This Penguin Handbook offers tutorials and interactive practice for avoiding common ESL errors.


Below are some resources to help you avoid plagiarism in your writing.

Concise handout on what is plagiarism, and how to avoid it.

Yale Writing Center has a great checklist of when you MUST cite.

U of Wisconsin Writers handbook series on citations and plagiarism. Very detailed and gives many examples

How to avoid plagiarism

Should I paraphrase or quote?

How to paraphrase a source

Successful vs. unsuccessful paraphrases

Writing Assistance

The MSU Writing Center

The Writing Center in Michigan State University now offers online writing assistance and consultations as well as in person locations on the MSU campus. Information about online writing consultations is here

They have quick guides here

Also a podcast series located here

Writing Guides

UNC at Chapel Hill has a wide variety of short and concise guides to a range of topics.

Here are a slection that are specifically useful to the types of writing you will be doing in the Program.

The University of Toronto has very good guides for writing in the health Sciences

The Science of Scientific Writing American Scientist, Vol. 78 (Nov-Dec 1990), pp. 550-558.

Marc E. Tischler's Scientific Writing Booklet This is a great concise guide to the style and function of scientific writing.

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