Research Tools

Hamersly Library Style & Citation Manuals

Whether it’s MLA, APA, or Chicago, the library has you covered. Click here for the WOU Library’s easy-to-use citation manuals. Often times, this is the first place tutors will look when answering your questions about citation styles.

Hamersly Library Journal Articles & Databases

Click here for the WOU Library’s article search engine and compilation of trusted databases. This is the go-to place when you’re searching for articles and other academic sources.

Discipline-Specific Style Guides

A style guide contains a storehouse of information about the writing-related requirements of a particular discipline, professional organization, and/or publishing house. Guides include information with regard to editorial style, formatting, punctuation, citations, and reference lists. College instructors require you to use particular style guides in their courses, and the list below offers an overview of guides which are currently utilized at Western:

•    Anthropology: American Anthropologist Association (AAA)

•    Political Science: American Political Science Association (APSA)

•    Social Sciences & Business Administration: American Psychological Association (APA)

•    History: Chicago/Turabian

•    Natural Sciences: Council of Biology Editors (CBE)

•    English & Humanities: Modern Language Association (MLA)

•    Nursing: National Library of Medicine

Quick References

The following is a list of links to resources you may find useful for your time here at WOU:


More resources, such as video tutorials, and links to other valuable resources on the web are forthcoming.



Writing Center

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