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Watch Past Colloquia

Click below to access a list of past colloquia and links to those videos.

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Writing Tips and Guidelines

Writing does more than express thoughts; it creates them. In order to become an effective thinker, you need to master the tools of effective writing. The Exploration and Discovery Program has assembled this guide to help you write high-quality papers and to assist you with your writing in general.

Contents:
1. Critical Reading: The First Step to Good Writing
2. Writing Tips and Possible Pitfalls
3. Guide to Effective Revision
4. Ten Ways to Avoid Plagiarism

In addition to this guide, you should keep handy one or more of the following:

Harris, Muriel. The Writer’s FAQ’s: A Pocket Handbook. 5th ed. New Jersey: Pearson Education, 2013.

Dodds, Jack. The Ready Reference Handbook: Writing, Revising, Editing. 3rd ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2002.

The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers. 16th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Trimmer, Joseph F. The Essentials of MLA Style: A Guide to Documentation for Writers of Research Papers. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998.

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 7th ed. Revised by John Grossman and Alice Bennett. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

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