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  • Oxford English Dictionary Online
    Use your CSUSM username and password to gain access to the OED Online: A guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It includes etymological analysis, listings of variant spellings, and shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet.
  • The Merriam-Webster Online Language Center

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  • Elements of Style
  • APA Style Blog 
    Explanations and examples for common questions in APA style.
  • APA Sample Papers 
    Sample student and professional papers in the 7th edition of APA style from the APA. Includes example PDFs with annotated explanations and a Word document without annotations so you can see the format and organization of the paper with the most recent changes.
  • MLA Style Guide 
    Guide guide from MLA, including quick guides for the Works Cited page, etc.
  • Ask the MLA 
    FAQ section from the MLA Style Guide. Use this for questions that you haven't been able to answer from our handouts, Purdue OWL, or other sources. If you can't find the answer, you can submit your question for review and might find it posted with an answer later!

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