On what seems like an hourly basis I receive emails from current students who need help formatting their papers in whatever style their institutions require. In most cases the person needs help with APA standards—that’s easy for me. In those times when MLA standard help is needed I refer them to someone else. Below, are two academic writing tools that you may find helpful.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
OWL has the resources you need to help with APA and MLA questions. You can review sample papers and learn how to cite sources. There are also sections to provide help with writing business letters, developing resumes, and tips to show you how to avoid plagiarism.
You can visit The Purdue OWL here: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
Son of Citation Machine
As a writer—any kind of writer—your goal is to be able to write good content (or, in the case of an academic writer, solid papers) without stealing from others. Therefore, if you write something for publication be certain to give credit where credit is due. Son of a Citation Machine can help you with that.
The site has online apps to help writers properly cite sources in MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago styles. They even keep a top 10 list of the most cited sources on a daily basis.
You can visit Son of a Citation Machine here: http://citationmachine.net/index2.php
While my opinion is that you should procure whatever style manual your institution requires, I use both of these sites when I’m stumped on a problem. If you know of any other online academic writing resource, please comment below.