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Literacy Education Online (LEO)  - http://leo.stcloudstate.edu 
This online writing lab offers quick reference guides to common writing concerns.
Purdue University OWL (Online Writing Lab) -  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/4/ - This section of Purdue Owl explains in detail the various styles and methods of composition. It is a great starting point for students wanting to supplement their knowledge.   
Southwestern Community College Style Guide - https://www.southwesterncc.edu/wac/style-guide
“The purpose of this style guide is to offer students and faculty members a place to easily access information about writing within an academic setting. It is our hope that students and faculty alike use this resource for its ultimate purpose—to support student writing across the curriculum.”
Western Carolina University Writing and Learning Commons (WaLC) - http://www.wcu.edu/academics/campus-academic-resources/writing-and-learning-commons-walc/

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay - http://members.tripod.com/~lklivingston/essay
This site guides you through the process of essay writing by following a commonly used format with easy-to-follow instructions. A sample essay is provided as a model. Link to a variety of writing, research, and grammar resources to enrich your writing experiences. An option to download instructions is also provided.
APA Style - http://www.apastyle.org/
“On this site, you will find tutorials, FAQs, and other resources to help you improve your writing, master APA style, and learn the conventions of scholarly publishing.”
The Chicago Manual of Style Online – www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html
“Completely searchable and easy to use, [this site] provides recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age. Now offering full contents of the 16th and 15th editions, it is the must-have reference for everyone who works with words.”
Purdue University OWL “MLA Formatting and Style Guide” - https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
“This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writings of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.”

With the help of Matt Ashare, an adjunct journalism professor at Randolph College, Accredited Schools Online has created an open-access, expert-driven guide to understanding and avoiding plagiarism. (Professor Ashare has years of experience dealing with plagiarism in both higher educational and business settings.) This guidebook helps students to better understand the different types of plagiarism, the consequences they carry, and how to avoid plagiarism entirely. Key elements of the guidebook include the following:

  • A detailed look at both intentional and accidental plagiarism
  • Dozens of resources to help students avoid plagiarism and help teachers prevent it
  • Tools and examples to teach and/or learn proper citation
  • Important questions (and answers) every writing student should ask