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Quick Guide to Blending Quotes

by:  Derrian Goebel When attempting to incorporate quotes into an essay, one of the biggest problems for students is blending the quote into their own words. A teacher asks students to provide source evidence, some students will copy/paste a quote … Continue reading

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Thesis Blog Post

By Courtney Kiley We’ve all been there: assignment sheet in hand, resources identified, yet staring at a blank computer screen unsure how to begin crafting our thesis statement. Constructing a thesis statement is one of the most crucial components of writing … Continue reading

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The Roadmap to Your Paper: Specificity in Your Thesis Statement

by Stewart Matzek More often than I’d like to admit, I see theses that look something like this: “In society today, a lot has changed.” The student then turns to me and asks if their thesis is okay, and I … Continue reading

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Reading Strategies: 24 Questions to Improve Understanding

By Logan Miller One of the larger impacts on our writing as students is how we go about reading the texts we’re assigned in classes. It is simple to suggest that actually doing our assigned reading is critical; however, effective, … Continue reading

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Prewriting: Planning For a Successful Paper

By Jonathan Vivet What is prewriting? More importantly, why should you spend time on an “extra” step when you could get to the business of actually putting substance down on your paper? Prewriting includes everything a writer does before putting … Continue reading

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This Blog was Written for Science: Formatting Scientific Writing

by Brittney Osborn I often find myself working with students who are frustrated by the formatting of scientific writing assignments. The idea of using past tense and passive voice can be a challenge, as can adhering to CSE or APA … Continue reading

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Edit and Edit and Edit Some More: Three Types of Editing

by Brianna Soloski Editing is quite possibly one of the most important aspects of writing. It doesn’t matter what you’re writing; odds are it will need editing. From personal statements to Core Humanities papers, to business proposals and everything in … Continue reading

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PIE Paragraphs: A Model for Body Paragraphs

By Logan Miller Writing an academic essay can be onerous or enjoyable, but regardless of how you feel about them, essays require specific formatting. Specifically, they need introductions, bodies, and conclusions, and these sections have their own unique formatting. It … Continue reading

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Reading Through Different Lenses: Critical Reading

by Brian H. McLelland As one develops advanced critical reading skills over a period of time with practice, critical reading can be a lot more accessible than you might realize. Text analysis shouldn’t cause you to feel perplexed or intimidated. … Continue reading

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Keep It Moving: Transitioning Between Paragraphs

By Matt Bieker When writing your papers, it is important to transition between paragraphs accordingly.  Think of transitions as the tour guides of your paper. They guide your audience from one interesting point to the next, keeping them engaged and … Continue reading

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