Writing Center

Free guidance from experienced student coaches on any writing project is available Sunday through Thursday from 8 to 10 pm in room 333, just beneath the Old Main Steeple in the English Department offices.

Writing Rubric

A rubric is a guide that provides teachers with information for improving a student’s product or project. A writing rubric allows a teacher to determine what areas a student needs help in to improve their writing skills.

A button box and link to MLC’s rubric is provided in the left column.

Reference Materials

  • Dictionaries
  • Thesaurus
    • Find synonyms and word suggestions in this online searchable thesaurus that features 260,000 synonyms and cross-references in an easy-to-use format, succinct word definitions, and an innovative hyperlinked category index.
  • Encyclopedias

Extra Help

Citation management software at MLC.

Currently, the library does not purchase citation software for our campus family. However, there are many products that are available for you to use online. Some require a purchase or fee, but many are free. Here is a list of the more popular citation software tools.


  • RefWorks: An annual license (12-month subscription) includes feature upgrades and online support.
  • EndNote: You can buy for personal use and offers a reduced price for students.
  • Bookends: A reference manager for Mac and iOS users. This is also a purchased product that has a reduced price for students.
  • Paperpile:  Annual fee, built for Chrome & Google Apps.
  • DEVONthink: For those of you who use Mac running OS X 10.9 or later. Organize materials, manage data, and search your files.

Free and Open-sourced:

  • Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is free and open-source.
  • Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

Basic Citation and Bibliography Sources

Whatever program you decide to use, it will take a certain amount of time to learn the system well enough to get the benefits. These tools really will improve your work, it is well worth your time.

Find comparisons of a more comprehensive list of citation managers at Wikipedia’s Comparison of reference management software

Citation Builder

University of North Carolina:
Citation Builder is one of the many applications designed to let you quickly build citations for the various citation styles.

A button box and link to Citation Builder are provided in the left column.

Citation Manuals

  • APA: American Psychological Association

    • the official guide to APA style
    • Print Edition
    • Call Number: BF 76.7 .P83 2020
  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations:

    • Chicago style for students and researchers; revised edition. University of Chicago Press editorial staff.
    • Print Edition
    • Call Number: LB 2369 .T8 2007
  • Cite Right

    • A quick guide to citation styles–MLA, APA, Chicago, the sciences, professions, and more.
    • Print Edition:
    • Call Number: >N147 .G444 200
  • Chicago Manual of Style Online 17th edition

    • A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations: Chicago style for students and researchers, 2017.
    • Online Edition
  • Chicago Manual of Style

    • The University of Chicago. Press.
    • Print Edition
    • Call Number: Z 253 .U69 1993
  • The SBL Handbook of Style

    • The essential style manual for writing and publishing in biblical studies and related fields.
    • Print Edition
    • Call Number: PN 147 .S26 2014


What is plagiarism? “Plagiarism is defined in dictionaries as the “wrongful appropriation,” “close imitation,” or “purloining and publication” of another author’s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions,” and the representation of them as one’s own original work.” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Copyright Resources

Fair Use

Music & Video

Permission & Licenses

General Websites

General Books

  • Butler, Rebecca P.  Copyright for Academic Librarians and Professionals.  American Library Association, 2014.
  • Crews, Kenneth D.  Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions.  3d ed.  American Library Association, 2012.
  • Russell, Carrie.  Complete Copyright for K-12 Librarians and Educators.  American Library Association, 2012.
  • Simpson, Carol Ann.  Copyright Catechism II: Practical Answers to Everyday School Dilemmas.  Linworth, 2011.
  • Simpson, Carol.  Copyright for Schools: A Practical Guide, 5th ed.  Linworth, 2010.
  • Simpson, Carol.  Copyright for Administrators.  Linworth, 2008.

General Articles

Online Courses