MODULE 8: Writing, Style and Documentation, Plagiarism:
Section 3 of 5, STYLE AND DOCUMENTATION, page 4 of 4.


Tips on doing documentation

TIP: It is impossible to do a good job of documentation without possessing the current edition of the appropriate style manual. Documentation is a complex process, but it is one that can become easier with practice (and, perhaps, with a large number of adhesive notes stuck in your manual ... really!).

TIP: As discussed in Module 2 of this tutorial, when you write a paper, bear in mind the reasons for documentation, "To give credit .... to assure readers about the accuracy of your facts .... to show readers the research tradition that informs your work .... to help readers follow or extend your research (Turabian, 133-134)."

TIP: In addition to the style manuals themselves, there are a few, high-quality guides available to assist you.

TROY resources:

Non-TROY resources:


MLA Crib Sheet <>
MLA Formatting and Style Guide <>
Student's Guide to MLA Style <>


APA Crib Sheet <>
APA Formatting and Style Guide <>
Student's Guide to APA Style <>


Dr. Abel Scribe's Guides to Chicago Style Research Papers, <>. Look for the Chicago Crib Sheet Online (online as html or PDF), The Writer's Guide, and the CMS Document Set.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online, <>. Use the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide for a free sampling of citation style.

TIP: Ignore any and all freebie Web sites that purport to generate correctly formatted citations—they simply are no good.

TIP: Even if a book or journal database offers to show you how to document a source, the style they show you is almost never the best format ... it is just a crude, computer-generated, guess.

TIP: If you want to use software to assist you:



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