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Writing Center Handouts

Students can find the following resources at the Writing Center: handouts, exercises and other materials on many academic writing issues, including paragraph and essay organization, grammar and style, punctuation and mechanics, ESL, citing sources, and writing about literature.

Sierra College students and staff can pick up a free copy of one of the Writing Center's Term Paper Handbooks in LR 424 on the Rocklin Campus.
Below are links to some materials prepared by the staff of the Writing Center. To open the PDF files, you need Adobe Reader®.*

MLA Format

MLA handbook 2016 Update  Based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition. The Modern Language Association format is generally required in English and humanities courses, as well as other subjects.

MLA handbook, 2009 Based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition.

Using Figures in MLA format  How to include and cite images in an MLA style paper.

Formatting an MLA Paper in Microsoft Word Computer instructions for setting up an academic paper in MLA format.

Creating a Works Cited Page in Microsoft Word Computer instructions for setting up a works cited page in MLA format.

APA Format

APA handbook Based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. This format is generally required in psychology, social science, and some science courses.

Using Figures in APA format How to include and reference images, charts, and tables in an APA style paper.

Making an APA Running Header in Microsoft Word How to set up the running header required for a paper in APA format (6th edition, 2009)

APA Reference Page Citations for Websites This handout shows the standard pattern for referencing Website sources with a handy chart of variations.

Chicago and CSE Formats

Chicago handbook Based on A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 8th edition, and The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. This format is required in some history courses.

CSE handbook Based on Scientific Style and Format, 7th edition, and Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences, 4th edition. The Council of Science Editors format is required in some biology courses.

Computer Formatting Handouts

Formatting an MLA Paper in Microsoft Word Computer instructions for setting up an academic paper in MLA format.

Creating a Works Cited Page in Microsoft Word Computer instructions for setting up a works-cited page in MLA format.

Making an APA Running Header in Microsoft Word How to set up the running header required for a paper in APA format (6th edition, 2009)

Indenting a Long Quotation in Microsoft Word How to format a long quotation in MLA, APA, or Chicago style academic papers

Outlining in Microsoft Word How to format a formal outline

Grammar Charts

The following handouts are copies of the posters on the walls in the Sierra College Writing Center, LR 424 on the Rocklin Campus.

Compounding Methods

Subordinators and Relative Pronouns

Common Prepositions

Linking Verbs and Helping Verbs

Pronoun Case

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