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Literature
202-885-2971
Fax: 202-885-2938
lit@american.edu
Battelle Tompkins, Room 237

Burgtorf, Michael R
Sr. Administrative Assistant

Literature
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8047

Whether you have a quick question about grammar, or need help with larger writing issues like getting started, organizing your paper, revising your work, or more, these pages offer you easy-to-find, professional assistance from well-known and respected writing programs and authorities.

Top-notch, face-to-face writing help is available right here on campus at the American University Writing Center. However, Purdue's Online Writing Lab offers a grammar hotline and handouts to help with grammar and style. They will also answer one-time e-mail questions from non-Purdue students.

MLA Style for the Internet gives you the official word on MLA citation from the Modern Language Association itself. While the Department of Literature and most of the College of Arts and Sciences use MLA, many departments use the American Psychological Association style manual.

For some traditional sources that have stood the test of time, check out William Strunk, Jr.'s Elements of Style and the Merriam-Webster dictionary and thesaurus on-line. College Writing students and others wrestling with writing and research questions will also find the official website for the program’s handbook, Keys for Writers, useful.