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Writing Tips

Avoiding Plagiarism (pdf): Accidental or Not, It’s Trouble
Length: 2 pages
Topics: Defines plagiarism and gives several examples of an original text plagiarized and acceptably paraphrased.

Better Read Than Dead (pdf): Avoid Deadwood in Your Writing
Length: 2 pages
Topics: Lists common wordy phrases and edited remedies, and includes sentences for you to revise. (Answers included)

Common Confusing Words (pdf): Or Are They Commonly Confused?
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Presents pairs of commonly confused words in sentences. Can you use these words in the proper context? (Answers included)

Lost Your Voice? (pdf) Maybe You’re Too Passive
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Discusses active vs. passive sentence constructions and how the reader perceives them. Contains practice sentences for you to rewrite. (Answers included)

Annotated Bibliographies (pdf): Short and to the Point
Length: 2 pages
Topics: Tells you what it is, how to write one, and gives examples to get you started!

Just a Few Words… (pdf) Getting Specific in Annotations and Thesis Statements
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Helps you to pack more descriptive information into fewer words for your theses and annotations.

Writing a Journal Critique (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Offers general guidelines for critiquing any journal article and specific considerations for critiquing an empirical/research article.

Summary vs. Abstract: (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Explains the difference between a summary and an abstract. Outlines elements you should include and steps you should follow in writing an informative or evaluative abstract.

Distinguishing Between Subject Area, Topic, and Thesis: (pdf): Or, How to Narrow Your Focus
Length: 4 pages
Topic: Offers excellent definitions of each term and advice on how to narrow your essay’s focus.

Navigate the River of Your Ideas (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Offers nine techniques for linking thoughts and ideas for your reader. Using these techniques will make you a more effective writer.

Which Way to the Point: (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Lead your reader effortlessly through your paper by employing transitional words and phrases to signal relationships between ideas. This page contains a long list of transitional phrases.

Don’t Dash Too Hastily (pdf)
(If You’re Speaking Parenthetically, See the Other Side of This Sheet)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Covers the use (and overuse) of dashes and parentheses.

Writing a Book Review (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Lays out the general concerns for writing both fiction and non-fiction book reviews.

Science Writing(pdf)
Length: 1 page
Topic: Contains guidelines for citing and listing references approved by the American Chemical Society and Council of Biological Editors.

Writing a Rough Draft and Incorporating Sources (pdf)
Length: 1 page
Topic: Suggestions for efficiently writing a rough draft and appropriately integrating quotations into your essay.

Synthesizing Research (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Deals with introducing and punctuating quotations. A series of practice questions with answers follows the information.

Wadda Ya Mean? (pdf) – Six Principles of Clear Writing
Length: 1 page
Topic: Six style and usage suggestions to make your writing more clear and, therefore, more effective.

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Resumes & Cover Letters

The Career Development Center at UIS can assist you with resume and curriculum vitae writing assistance; however, the CTL offers the handouts below for additional assistance in writing a resume and cover letter.

Riveting Resumes (pdf): Some Do’s, Taboos, and Boo-Boos
Length: 1 page
Topic: Proposes prewriting strategies to assist you in compiling all your important information to use in your resume.

Reshape Your Resume (pdf) : It Doesn’t Always Have to be Chronological
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Think about your experience and then design a resume that best highlights your strengths. Functional resumes highlight skills and abilities rather than work history.

Apply Yourself (pdf) : Cover Letters That Show You Off
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Gives advice on both the content and format of a cover letter.

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Study & Test-taking Tips

Questions to Ask Instructors About Assignments (pdf)
Length: 1 page
Topic: Succinctly lists all the questions you should have answered for an assignment.

How to Mark a Textbook (pdf)
Length: 1 page
Topic: Taken from Walter Pauks’ How to Study in College, this outlines the benefits of and suggests a method for marking textbooks.

Taking Notes (pdf)
Length: 3 pages
Topic: Everything you need to know about content and organization in order to take good notes.

Aids to Remembering (pdf)
Length: 1 page
Topic: Retaining and recalling information is a skill, not a gift. Improve yours by following these steps.

Summary of SQ3R (pdf): Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review
Length: 1 page
Topic: SQ3R is a very effective study tool for practically any sort of information.

How to Take an Essay Exam: (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Learn to decode exam directions and the best preparation methods.

How to Study for an Objective Test (pdf)
Length: 1 pages
Topic: Paraphrased from Walter Pauk’s How to Study in College, this covers the most effective methods for studying for an objective test.

Hints for Taking a Test (pdf)
Length: 1 page
Topic: Gives an overview of navigating exams from the length of time you should spend on a question to the order in which you should answer questions.

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Research Paper Guidelines

Six Basic Questions (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Offers a series of questions useful in planning and organizing your research paper.

Empirical vs. Library Studies (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Explains the organization and types of data analyzed in both types of studies, as well as information you should include in each section.

Preparing for Research (pdf) Length: 2 pages
Topic: Details steps for analyzing a research question and discusses research mistakes that graduate students commonly make.

Don’t Overlook These (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Discusses basic matters you should include in your report and common mistakes made in formulating a research question/problem.

What’s a Literature Review? (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Covers how to relate your research to the existing knowledge in your field.

Organize Related Literature (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Offers tips for organizing your literature review.

Advantages of a Pilot Study (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: It’s a good way to work out the procedural bugs.

Common Errors in Research (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Details common mistakes made in questionnaire, interview, experimental, content analysis, observational, and correlation studies.

Errors in Handling Data (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Gathering, processing, and analyzing data can be tricky–make sure to avoid these errors.

Preparing the Report (pdf)
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Tips on the organization, emphasis, language, and style in your report.

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Punctuation

Appropriate Apostrophes (pdf) (Without Apoplexy)
Length: 1 page
Topic: Lists rules for using apostrophes correctly and common apostrophe mistakes to avoid.

To Comma or Not to Comma (pdf)? That (or is it Which?) Is the Question
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Contains guidelines and examples for comma use pertaining to essential and non-essential clauses.

Comma Chameleon (pdf) : Atta Boy, George, You Can Get a Handle on ‘Em
Length: 2 pages
Topic: The meaning of a sentence may change drastically depending on where you place commas. Outlines basic comma usage, as well as how meaning relates to comma placement.

The Misnamed Semicolon (pdf): It’s More Like Half Comma, Half Period
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Teach yourself this method for joining two closely related independent clauses. This contains guidelines and practice sentences (answers included).

The Spastic Colon (pdf): Quite Alimentary, Actually
Length: 2 pages
Topic: Learn when to use a colon and why. It’s not just for lists!

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Documentation Style Guides

MLA Style (pdf)
Length: 4 pages
Topic: Presents the basics of MLA style.

APA Style (pdf)
Length: 6 pages
Topic: Gives the basics of APA style.

Turabian Style (pdf)
Length: 6 pages
Topic: Presents the basics of the Chicago Manual of Style for students writing term papers.

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Helpful Documentation Style Guide Links

Pace University Library
A website focused primarily on electronic citation based on the updates for the Chicago Manual of Style. It briefly covers the most common sources on the internet for quick reference and gives easy-to-follow examples.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
A very helpful, detailed website that provides thorough information on both MLA and APA citation styles. It provides templates for a variety of source types, as well as examples. It also contains sample papers to see the style in essay format.

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American Psychological Association (APA) Citation Style

Cornell University
A detailed website that gives APA examples for in-text citations and works cited pages. It covers a long list of different types of documents and electronic sources. This website can be used easily and efficiently.

Rochester Institute of Technology
This website includes a thorough list of book, journal, and internet citations. It also includes a list of how to cite within the text. It addresses film and television, but fails to give reference examples of other visual art forms (sculpture, painting, etc).

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Using CBE to cite and document online sources

Bedford/St. Martins Publishers
Part of a website called “Online!” which is a reference guide to using online resources. This particular page gives clear examples of how to use CBE or Council of Biology Editors (now the Council of Science Editors) in 1994 to site materials in scientific papers for publication.

dianahacker.com
This web page has a link to a PDF file which has sample pages showing the CBE citation style.

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Quick links to using MLA citation style

dianahacker.com
This website has a link to a PDF file which contains a sample paper using MLA citation style.

Bedford/St. Martins Publishers
Part of a website called “Online!” which is a reference guide to using online resources. This offers guidelines for citing Internet sources are based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (2003) by Joseph Gibaldi.

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