Ditch Writing Stress Through Journaling

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By Matt Baker

Consider this: you’re walking to class or work from your apartment, and you have an earth-shattering idea about curing the global poverty crisis. You’ve thought up an entire manifesto outlining your plan to increase taxes on the rich, save up that money, and then invest that money into infrastructure and free education projects for the jobless and underprivileged.

But suddenly a bus runs a red light. You’re in the middle of a crosswalk and have to book-it or else you’ll be smashed to bits. Of course you deftly avoid the bus, but when you compose yourself on the other side, you’ve forgotten everything.

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Retweet: “Misinformation & Missteps”

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By Reece Gibb

In the week subsequent to the Boston Bombing, Massachusetts law enforcement saw to the capture of suspected co-conspirator Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Twitter was abuzz with “the usual compound of rumor, misinformation and repetition.”[1] Gossip columns from the New York Post claimed “12 people” were “killed in the explosions,” and falsely asserted “that investigators had a Saudi Arabian national suspect ‘under guard at an undisclosed Boston hospital’”[2] Often hearsay, libel, misinformation, and simple untruth find footing in social media in the form of seemingly official information, reports, links, articles, posts, etc.—especially on Twitter.

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ENILTUO: The Reverse Outline as a Tool for Organization and Cohesion

By Angelo Sisante

Sometimes, despite all the planning, drafting, and brainstorming that you put into your paper, it still doesn’t make sense. Your ideas are all over the place, you feel like you are repeating yourself, and you’re entering panic mode. What do you do? Enter the Reverse Outline.

The Reverse Outline is a tool used to visualize the organization of your paper. Traditionally, Reverse Outlines use the subject sentence summary method. Essentially, you look at each paragraph, determine the topic of the paragraph, and then write a short sentence summarizing the topic. This allows a writer to see the progression of thought behind the paper’s organization; however, it also tests the organization of the paragraph. If you can’t summarize your paragraph in one sentence, then you know the paragraph is convoluted with too many subjects.

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Avoiding “HESI-tancy” in the HESI Examination

By Aly Sicat

If you are currently a pre-nursing student (or are thinking about becoming one), you’ve probably heard whispers and rumors about the new entrance exam.

The HESI A2 examination stands for Heath Education ystems Incorporated Admissions Assessment and acts as a way to test a student’s potential success in an intense nursing program. The University uses the scores from the exam toward the end of the selection process; while your GPA earns you an interview spot, ultimately, the result of your interview and your HESI score determine whether or not you get into the nursing program.

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Providing Context: Making The Most of Sources

By Edwin Tran

“Quotation, n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.”

This lonesome quote has the capacity to elicit a variety of responses. One might be shocked by the bluntness of the statement, while another might react with opposition to the quote’s message. One consistent reaction however is confusion and incredulity. A plethora of common questions might have appeared. Who spoke this quote? What is the context of this quote? Is the author credible? In what sort of publication was this quote used in? The issue of plopping a quote down by itself is that these sort of questions are not answered, and inadvertently spark bewilderment. When using quotes, there are several aspects that should be touched on in order to utilize quotes successfully and effectively.

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Facing the Footnote, Chicago Style

By Jacob Trujillo

The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), students seem to cringe at seeing these words while reading over the syllabus. Whether you believed it to be a collegiate urban myth, or a pothole that can be easily avoided, CMS is an unexpected challenge that many students run into (especially within those exciting Core Humanities classes that all of us UNR students must eventually face). That being said, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a challenge.

As a student who has recently survived his first encounter with CMS, I can assure you that it’s not all that confusing. Whether you are quoting a source in text, or even just paraphrasing, a citation is needed. When quoting under CMS, notes are commonly used to cite a source. It’s simple; first, place a superscript numeral at the end of your reference, like so:

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Overcoming the Challenges of Referencing Sources within Other Sources

By Jann Harris

One of the biggest mistakes we make as college writers is not differentiating between our source materials and their sources. We tend to think the writer of the text we are reading as authoring all the ideas contained in it, but just like we use sources to support our arguments and ideas, our sources are also using sources of their own. Attributing information and ideas to the correct scholars is important, but training yourself to recognize and properly acknowledge the sources your source materials rely on presents a few easy-to-overcome challenges.

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Mission (I’m)Possible: Writing College and Program Applications

By Ash Thoms

College and program applications are full of different information that, while giving a good overview of where you’ve been and what you’ve done, doesn’t actually represent who you are as a person. When was the last time you introduced yourself with your GPA, or handed a potential new friend a letter of recommendation? I’m going to go ahead and guess never (but hey, I won’t judge if you have). How does the college or program you’re applying to really get to know who you are? The place where you can actually interject your personality and experience into applications is the (potentially dreaded) essay portion. There’s plenty of different ways to attack the essay portion and leave a lasting impression with the admissions staff of your chosen program or college.

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Principles of Paper Polishing: Editing a Near Final Draft

By Melissa Waters

If you’re here looking for advice on how to edit a near final draft, then congratulations; you’re in the homestretch. However, before we can delve into some strategies, you need to determine if you are really working with a near final draft.

If you’re concerned with thesis, organization, incorporating evidence, or developing ideas, you are not working with a near final draft. Concerns such as spelling, sentence structure, punctuation and transitions are more appropriate concerns for a near final draft. Polishing means making minor tweaks and revisions. Take for example, this brilliantly original cake metaphor:

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Nom-Nom-Nominalizations: How They’re Eating Up Your Sentences

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By Stewart Matzek

Before we talk about nominalizations, let’s look at a few sentences. See if you can figure out what’s going wrong.

  1. The committee conducted an interrogation of the subject.
  2. Our plan was to go running, but our cute dogs were a distraction.
  3. The first computer’s build was done by Dell, and the second build was done by Alienware.

What’s the matter with these sentences?

Do they seem a little roundabout and inactive? Do they seem like they drag on a bit without saying much? If you thought either of these things, you’re correct! These sentences read this way because they overuse nominalizations.

A nominalization refers to when a verb or an adjective is made into a noun. For instance:

  • investigate becomes investigation
  • react becomes reaction
  • revise becomes revision

Or gerunds, like:

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