English Writing Resources

Want to know how to cite sources in your paper following the MLA (Modern Language Association) guidelines for English studies? Need help with using quotations, or how to format your paper? See our English@SCSU Writing Resources below.

SCSU English Blue Book: Writing Guide for Majors and Minors 



The newly updated Southern English Department Blue Book is a common writing reference tool for all English majors and minors, covering:

  • MLA guidelines (per 2016 update)
  • Working with quotations
  • Clarity and appropriate use of voice in a literary essay
  • Sentence mechanics and grammar

English@SCSU MLA Quick Tip Sheet 

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A quick reference sheet, from the Blue Book, on the MLA format for Works Cited, parenthetical citations, and punctuating quotations.

Sample MLA Formatted Paper 

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A sample paper showing step by step how to correctly format your essay – spacing, margins, header, block quotations, etc. - following MLA guidelines.

Other English Resources

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)

Buley Library MLA Resource