Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Differences Between an Exploratory and Argumentative Research Paper

By: Colin deSousa Throughout your college career, especially if your major resides in either the humanities or other social sciences, you’ll be tasked with writing a research paper. At this point, unbeknownst to you, you’ve reached a fork in the … Continue reading

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Writing in a Digital Age: Social Media Citations

By Lindsy Sullivan #Hello, fellow writers! As you probably know, lots of interesting tidbits exist on the internet—cat videos, Buzzfeed recipes, makeup tutorials, etc., but perhaps the most popular internet feature is social media. New social media sites emerge constantly, … Continue reading

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Can You Claim You Can Write a Claim?

By: Jerson Valdez Many students know what a thesis is and how to make one, but how many students are familiar with supporting claims? What is a claim? How do you develop a great claim? How do you incorporate one … Continue reading

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Decoding the Core Humanities Prompt

By Erin Beatie Before you can start any essay, you have to understand what the prompt or assignment is asking you to do. This can be particularly tricky for Core Humanities 201, 202, and 203 as they often involve more … Continue reading

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Prewriting for Literary Analyses

By: Edwin Tran Imagine that moment where your professor asks you a simple, dreaded question: “What is the theme, or message, of this piece?” Required to provide evidence to substantiate your point, suddenly your weekend dream of ease and laziness transforms … Continue reading

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Redefining Arguments in Writing

By: Stewart Matzek Each time I ask students what they think the word “argument” means, I receive the same sorts of definitions: “It’s a debate!” “It’s a heated conflict between people!” “It’s when you have a disagreement!” These definitions aren’t … Continue reading

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Oral Presentation Tips

By Bailey M. Gamberg Most students are familiar with the wobbly knees, hyperventilated breathing, and throbbing heartbeats often correlated with the idea of an oral presentation. Will I drop my note cards while I’m talking? Will I trip on my … Continue reading

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Strategies for the Passive Reader

By Pamela Hong With academic reading, sometimes it seems like you are reading the sentence and it just seems like you are reading it over and over and you are reading the sentence and it just seems like you are … Continue reading

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An Alternative to the Outline: the Zero Draft

By MacKenzi McQuide I remember how overwhelmed I felt by my first major college research paper. I had chosen my topic (more or less), done all the research, and even had a clear idea for my thesis. There was only one … Continue reading

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Statistical Writing in an Academic Setting

By: Angelo Sisante Generally, there are two types of people in college: those good with numbers and those good with words. Left brained or right brained, it doesn’t matter. When the time comes for you to do some statistical writing, … Continue reading

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