Writing Resources

The Purdue OWL – APA
The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is one of the most comprehensive and user-friendly citation resources on the internet. Use the menu on the left of the screen to navigate between guides for in-text citations and References (divided based on the type of the source). The OWL offers extensive sample formats and example citations to help you understand APA style.

The Purdue OWL – Writing in General
In addition to its extensive APA resources, the Purdue OWL offers an impressive array of resources for general writing. Use the navigation bar on the left to select your topic of interest from subjects such as Academic Writing, Grammar, Punctuation, and more.

The Writing Center at UNC – Chapel Hill
Home to an extremely comprehensive and user-friendly set of handouts and videos that cover writing topics from the drafting process to specific formats for types of courses, Chapel Hill boasts some of the most often recommended resources for students tackling writing projects.

An almost overwhelming array of free-to-watch lessons taught by English professors from across the country, with tutorials available at all levels from beginner to advanced. An excellent resource for students who struggle with English no matter the reason. Some particularly useful topics with extensive video backlogs include Grammar, Writing, and Vocabulary. Be sure to scroll down to see the full list of available lessons for each subject.

To access these online workshops, please log in to Blackboard before accessing the links.

Online Writing Workshop – APA
This archived presentation helps students understand the basic elements of APA style.

Online Writing Workshop – Grammar Slam!
This archived presentation guides students through a number of the most common grammatical errors that we see here in the Learning and Writing Center at Jefferson.

Online Workshop – Literature Reviews
This workshop guides students through common pitfalls and expectations regarding literature reviews.

Online Workshop-- Paraphrasing

A new application, still in beta, which analyzes your text, allowing you to visualize weak verbs, complicated phrases, and other stylistic elements of your writing. Remember: These kinds of tools can't rewrite your paper for you, but they can give you useful insight to use in your own revisions. 

Table Making 101
This short handout guides students in assembling tables and figures according to APA style. 

A primer on assembling captions--also called notes or legends--for APA-style figures and tables

Citations & References
A handout with the most common and essential APA references: Books, journals, and websites. 


The following resources are attached at the bottom of this page.

APA Sample Paper
This sample paper features a number of helpful annotations that explain the why’s and how’s of basic APA formatting.

APA Paper Template
This template is available for the use of all JCHS students; it comes pre-formatted with headings—simply insert your own title and begin the paper.

How to: Create a Hanging Indent
This simple guide will walk you through the steps of creating hanging indents when formatting your References page.

How to: Make Headers in Word
We all know that headers—the elements at the top of each page in APA—can sometimes be tricky to set up. This guide will walk you through the process of formatting these headers according to APA guidelines.

APA Sample Paper (MSWORD download - 45.5 KB)
APA Paper Template (MSWORD download - 28 KB)