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How to use MLA style- Resources: Helpful Paper Writing Tools

MLA how-to

The Basics You Need To Know!!!

Tutorials and Videos on Paper Writing

Plagiarism Check!

Pros: There is a Free version that can be downloaded to your computer.

Cons: There are some limitations on the free version including # of searches

Paid Version: Each plan has benefits and drawbacks.  Really only beneficial for when you will write A LOT of papers


Pros:  100% free; Easy and detailed instructions; The "Author" option allows for checking if others have plagiarized your work online; Does not require any download or installation.

Cons: It searches phrases separately, which means that you need to hit “Enter” after each phrase.

Paid Version: Not available.


Pros: 100% free; Extremely easy to use; Has the options of copy-pasting the text, entering the URL of the content destination required to be checked, or uploading a text file; Registered users can perform 50 searches per day.

Cons: Unregistered users can perform only 1 search per day.

Paid Version:   Not available.


Pros: Offers 3 tools: Grammar checking, plagiarism detection, and writing suggestions; It is developed and maintained by linguistics professionals and graduate students; Readability statistics; Title validation.

Cons: Cannot save reports.

Paid version: Accepts longer documents (up to 6000 words);Faster processing; No banner ads; Ability to upload documents; $7.95/mo (with annual payment).

This information comes from: Christopher Pappas "Top 10 Free Plagiarism Detection Tools: eLearning Industry 18 November 2016  9 November 2016


Common Graded Areas of Writing


Does it make sense?

Does it explain to the point of clear understanding?

Does it stay on topic and focused?

Does it contain clear (factual) information?

Does it show insight and is unique to the writer?


Does each paragraph present a clear topic and idea?

Does each paragraph clearly connect to each other?

Does it have clear points/ support paragraphs?

Does it have a balanced amount of sentences per point?

Does it have a clear completion/ ending?


Does the writing for the assignment/ question?

Does the writing seem engaging and interesting?

Does the writing convey the type of person who wrote it?

Is there a clear feeling about the thoughts/ opinions expressed?

Is the writing clearly for the reader (but does not use "you" references in the text)?


Are words specific to the topic or subject?

Do the words show a good range of applicable vocabulary?

Do the words seem natural and flow in writing?

Does the writer repeat the same word(s) / phrase(s) frequently?

Are the words chosen strong enough to convey understanding?


Do the sentences show a good range of length/structure?

Do the sentences seem natural and flow within the writing?

Are the sentences powerful/ meaningful to the topic?

Are the sentences easy to read aloud?

Are you able to read the paper without having to stop and reread sentences for clarity?


Are the words in the paper spelled correctly throughout?

Are the rules of grammar followed and executed properly?

Is punctuation used correctly and appropriately?


Handouts on How to cite APA style

Handout on how to cite MLA style


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