Writing

Writing Tips

Well-organized, Concise and Clear Language Bad grammar and punctuation, typos, misspellings and poor expression of the ideas leave a bad taste, especially when it comes to academic writing. Make sure there are no such issues through the text, double check and proofread several times, pay attention to highlights of word processing software, read your written […]

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the un-credited use of somebody else’s words and ideas. If detected in an academic paper, it can lead to a substantial deduction of points or even exclusion from university or college.  Types of Plagiarism •  Word-For-Word/Complete (complete copying and pasting other researcher’s work or turning it in as one’s own) •  Near-Complete (copying and pasting of other researcher’s work, […]

Academic Writing Standards – General

General Format Requirements •    Standard A 4 pages.•    Margins: 1 inch on each side.•    Spacing: single/double. No spaces between paragraphs.•    Font: 12 pt, Times New Roman.•    Word count: 275 words for 1 double-spaced page; 550 – for single-spaced.•    Text alignment: left, no justification.•    Page number: right upper corner of the page, unless there are specific instructions.•   […]

Formatting the Running Head and Page Numbers in Word

Use the Header tool to add these items in Word. Typing them in manually will make it difficult to keep your formatting correct. Follow these instructions so that the header will appear different on the title page from on the second and subsequent pages. On the first page, double-click near the top of the page. […]

Formatting a References List in APA Style

The References page lists all of the sources you used in your paper and is placed at the end of the paper on a new numbered page. The sources listed on this page and the ones you cite within the text must align exactly. Placement Place the References page at the end of the paper […]

Formatting an Essay in APA Style

Your essay should be typed and Double-Spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5″ x 11″), with 1″ margins on all sides. You should use a clear font that is highly readable. APA recommends using 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Your essay should include four major sections: the Title Page, Abstract, Main Body, and References. Running Head, […]

Overview of APA Style: What is APA Style?

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. According to the website of the American Psychological Association (2010), “APA Style was first developed 80 years ago by a group of social scientists who wished to establish sound standards of communication.” Since that time, it has been adopted […]

Formatting a Works Cited page in MLA style

The Works Cited page lists all of the sources you used in your paper and is placed at the end of the paper on a new numbered page. The sources listed on that page and the ones you cite within the text must align exactly. • PlacementPlace the Works Cited page at the end of […]

Formatting an Essay in MLA Style

HeadingOn the first page, in the upper left-hand corner, place your name, your instructor’s name, the course, and the date on separate double-spaced lines. Write the date in the Day Month Year format, as in 14 May 2016. Example: Student’s Name Instructor’s Name Course Date • Title Of Your Essay Center the title. Do not […]

Overview of MLA Style: What is MLA Style?

What is referred to as MLA style is a collection of rules and guidelines compiled by the Modern Language Association. It is designed to help writers clearly and consistently document sourcesused in their writing. First produced in 1951, the MLA Handbook is now in its 8th edition, and itis the preferred style guide in many […]