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Writing Guide: Academic Writing

The MSUB Writing Guide provides supplemental resources for all writing programs at Montana State University Billings.


Typically, subject-specific written communication based in persuasion, argument, and research.

A good style must first be clear. – Aristotle, The Art of Rhetoric

Resources on Campus

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Books & Websites

Purdue OWL Academic Writing: focuses on rhetoric, argument, and stylistic approaches to writing an academic essay.


UNC The Writing Center Tips & Tools: supports the writing of an academic paper through handouts on process, citation, style, grammar, types of papers, and academic disciplines.


CSU The Writing Studio Writing Guides: walks through the writing process including research and composition according to type of paper and academic discipline.


MSBU Academic Support Center Writing Handouts: alphabetical index of style guides, grammar handouts, research tips, etc


Purdue OWL ESL “College Writing Guide": “resources will help ESL students in second language writing.”



MSUB Library Research Process: A Step-By-Step Guide: walks through the various stages of research.


MSUB Library Databases: 206 comprehensive and discipline-specific databases for research based papers.


Purdue OWL Research and Citations Guide: walks through the various stages of research including citing works.


Style Guides

APA: MSUB Library APA Citation Style 6th Edition Guide | APA Website


MLA: MSUB Library MLA Citation Style 8th Edition Guide | MLA Website  


Chicago: MSUB Library Chicago Citation Style Guide | Chicago Manual of Style Website


Turabian: MSUB Library Turabian Citation Style 9th Edition Guide