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Guides to help with writing, reading, and research









Using Active Voice 


"the" "A" "An" to use articles/determiners











Outlining your essay

How to write an essay

Thesis statements


Classical Argument Structure: Explanation and Planning Tool

Logical Fallacies to Avoid

A table for planning a compare/contrast essay

Introductions & Conclusions


Research Papers





Research Paper Structure for Expository and Argument

Research Paper Structure for Literary Analysis and Criticism

What is a "Lit Review" (Review of the Literature)? How do I write one?

Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing without plagiarizing (MLA style)

How to know if a source is credible

Research Paper Process (a topic refinement tool)

Research Paper Designing Tool (for clarifying your thesis and visualizing the argument)


Citation Format Guides

MLA 8th edition Citation 

MLA Style Center


MLA Powerpoint

MLA Overview Workshop (mp4 video)

CMS Chicago Manual of Style:



Improving Academic Success across the Curriculum 

Preparing a "Poster Session"  

Annotation: Taking notes on what you read

Taking lecture notes

Taking Lecture and Reading Notes (Lecture notes PowerPoint)

Reading Log for Text Books (pdf) Reading Log for Text Books (MS Word doc)

Reading Log for Research (pdf) Reading log for Research (MS Word doc)


Video Guides

APA Format



How to Use Colons vs. Semi-Colons



How to Fix Run-Ons and Comma Splices


How to Read Literature