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Resources for Writers


Acknowledging Sources

This article acknowledges the importance of lending credit to other's thoughts, ideas, and written work, as well as where to go for help when citing sources and how to avoid mistakenly applying someone else's work for your own. Some material was adapted from St. Martin's Guide to Writing (second edition) by Rise B. Axelrod and Charles R. Cooper and Writing from Sources by Brenda Spatt.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Some tips on how to avoid plagiarism, including paraphrasing techniques and helpful habits.

Types of Academic Papers

Learn about the purpose and expectations of a variety of common college writing assignments including lab reports, mathematical papers, library research papers, personal statement essays, and opinion papers. 

APA Documentation Style

This in-text citation style is generally used in the social sciences, and is applied towards clear, direct, and succinct writing. This site gives in-depth information about APA citation rules and techniques and is easy to navigate.

MLA Documentation Style

This documentation system, developed by the Modern Language Association, is appropriate for most papers written in the humanities and fine arts. The website given as a source for further assistance towards understanding MLA citations comes from Purdue University's Writing Center website that has proven effective and easy-to-use for all writers.

Chicago Manual of Style

This method of citing sources is used in both the humanities and sciences. This link provides a "quick guide" through the use of CMS and how to begin citing commonly used sources, such as books, journals, and websites.

Purdue OWL

This site (also used for the MLA Documentation Style) provides useful advice about a wide range of writing topics, from citation styles to thesis statement writing to grammar.

Should I Use "I"?

A primer on when and when not to use first-person pronouns and personal experience in academic writing, courtesy of the Writing Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Writing about Gender and Sexuality

Explanation of the difference between gender and sexuality; guidance on using inclusive pronouns, from Hamilton College’s Nesbit-Johnston Writing Center.

Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary

Online dictionary and thesaurus.

Proofreading a Paper

A simple outline of methods for inserting corrections on a typed manuscript and basic list of proofreading techniques.

26 Reading Strategies

Some tips on how to read effectively, to make reading your assignments more productive, memorable, and enjoyable.


"Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words."
— Mark Twain