Writing Standards

The academic disciplines require differing formatting standards for writing. However, a common criteria is the requirement for writers to identify the sources of the information they present to support their arguments. English uses MLA, Science uses APA, and History uses Chicago (Turabian). It is important that students be able to format their papers in whichever format is required for the course they are taking. This page is intended to provide students with resources towards that goal.


Grading Rubrics

Unit Essay Rubric


Essay Structure

5 Paragraph Essay structure Template

Jane Schaffer 5 Paragraph Essay Formula


Style Guides

Owl Perdue Writing Guide

University of Texas


Style Templates

Chicago Style Example

Chicago Style Google Docs Essay Template Use this for unit essays. 

Chicago Style Google Docs Reasearch Paper Template Use this for research papers.

Chicago Style Google Docs Chapter Outline Template  Use this for chapter notes.


Department Standards

Social Science Writing Expectations


Formatting Tools

Citation Machine 


Thesis statement generator


Grammar Rules

Grammarly Handbook


Research Tools

Sonoma County Library (Library Card Required)