Writing Tips

By learning about standard assignments, writing techniques, and other important information about the composition process, you can become a better writer and achieve more effective analysis in your work.

Types of Papers

Different courses and assignments require a range of diverse skills and techniques that may not apply to every type of paper or project. Learn about a variety of different types of assignments (such as compare/contrast, summaries, book reviews, and research papers) and how to approach them more effectively.

How to Write a Book Review

How to Write a Thesis Statement

Writing About Poetry

Streamlining the Summary

Perfecting a Precis 

The Research Paper: Questions & Answers

Crafting the Critical Analysis

Annotated Bibliographies: From Purpose to Style

Apples to Oranges: Writing a Compare & Contrast Paper

Business Students: Tips for Better Writing

As You Write

A successful writing project requires a process, a set of stages or goals the writer should be aware of. Learn about important aspects of a writing project (such as voice, introductions, and conclusions) to shape the project and develop a strong purpose and tone.

The Writing Process

Voice, Purpose, & Audience

In the Beginning: Writing Effective Introductions

And in Conclusion: Strategies for Writing Effective Conclusions

A Brief Guide to Planning & Organizing Papers

Sentences & Paragraphs

While most of you are likely aware that an essay requires major sections like an introduction and conclusion, it’s also important to construct paragraphs with strong structure. Learn about methods to form well-developed, focused paragraphs.

Writing a Paragraph

The Little Paragraph that Could: Four Components of Effective Body Paragraphs

Topic Sentences

Using and Citing Sources

Instructors across all curriculum typically require you to conduct research to contribute to academic projects. Learn about effective strategies for such a project as well as how to use source material appropriately, including a range of citation styles (APA, MLA, and Chicago).

Strategies for Using Research

Using Sources

APA Format & Documentation

MLA Format & Documentation

Chicago Format & Documentation

Grammar & Punctuation

All college-level assignments are expected to illustrate standard grammar and punctuation skills. Learn about the most common confounding forms of grammar and punctuation (such as comma usage and run-on sentences) to ensure every academic project is presented well. 

The Confounding Comma

Editing the Grammar

How to Catch & Correct Run-on Sentences

Revision Checklist

Proofreading Hints


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Plagiarism Prevention