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Guides to Citation Styles
Alemany Library's guide to citation styles.
Guide to Graduate-Level Writing and Citations
As you may have noticed, your graduate-level writing is held to a higher standard than was your undergraduate writing. Not only do you now have to demonstrate that you understand an issue, but you must also articulate a position on that issue. Each step of the writing process requires tremendous thought and planning, and your sources must be appropriate to your research agenda. Naturally, your grammar and diction must be superior to those of an undergraduate student.
The list below contains descriptions of the standards expected from quality scholarly writing. It may prove helpful in keeping you on track during your research as well as in revising and proofreading your drafts. Please note, these are GENERAL characteristics and standards; your instructors will no doubt have their own specifications for assignments. (from website)
Guides to Preparing a Literature Review
Not to be confused with a book review, a literature review surveys scholarly articles, books and other sources (e.g. dissertations, conference proceedings) relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory, providing a description, summary, and critical evaluation of each work. The purpose is to offer an overview of significant literature published on a topic.
Guide to Prepapring a Thesis Statement
You Should Own This Book
Keep a copy of one of this book nearby when you are writing your papers; it is a good resource for citing your materials.
MLA Handbook by
Publication Date: 2016-04-01
"The Modern Language Association, the authority on research and writing, takes a fresh look at documenting sources in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. Works are published today in a dizzying range of formats. A book, for example, may be read in print, online, or as an e-book--or perhaps listened to in an audio version. On the Web, modes of publication are regularly invented, combined, and modified. Previous editions of the MLA Handbook provided separate instructions for each format, and new formats required additional instructions. In this groundbreaking new edition of its best-selling handbook, the MLA recommends instead one universal set of guidelines, which writers can apply to any source."
Guides to Preparing an Annotated Bibliography
An annotated bibliography is a list of resources, each of which is explained, described, and/or evaluated by in a brief summary. The university-sponsored sites below provide helpful examples.
Guide to Writing Expository Essays
The expository essay is a genre of essay that requires the student to investigate an idea, evaluate evidence, expound on the idea, and set forth an argument concerning that idea in a clear and concise manner. This can be accomplished through comparison and contrast, definition, example, the analysis of cause and effect, etc.
The formative and summative essays required in HUM 5000 involve an added autobiographical dimension challenging the student to relate the larger issue under investigation to one's personal intellectual and ethical journey.
Guide to Conducting Primary Research
These guidelines from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Writing Center provide an excellent overview of citing both direct quotations and your paraphrases of the work of other authors.
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