Cite This For Me Feature Spotlight: Chrome Extension

Did you know that you can automatically create citations at the click of a button? With the “Cite This For Me: Web Citer” chrome extension, citing your sources is easier than ever before. APA format, MLA format, Chicago, and Harvard referencing are included citation styles. To cite a website in your paper with the extension, […]

Writing a Three-Paragraph Essay

Sally Baggett holds a master’s in literature. She enjoys inspiring students, cooking with her family, and helping others achieve their dreams. Just like there is more than one way to skin a cat (or so they say), there is more than one way to write an essay. One is not required to produce a perfectly formatted five-paragraph […]

Using the Counterargument: What Do Other People Say?

Writing a solid five-paragraph essay can be an adventure, depending on the assignment. For an informational essay, you can use straightforward facts to convey a message. However, with any type of persuasive essay—one where you need your reader to see things from your point of view—there is some leeway to use creative efforts. One of […]

Fall Essay Contests: Write for Fun, Honor, & Money

As the new school year begins, students may be wondering how to boost their resumes or earn scholarship money. Essay contests are a great way to prove your writing chops—and you can write on a wide range of subjects, calling from personal experience. While finding the right contests for your particular interest and age range […]

How to Cite Social Media

In an increasingly digital world, social media platforms have become one of the most popular sources of news, content, and information. But how should such sources be treated within citations and academic research? Below is a guide on how to cite some of the most frequently used social media sites in MLA format, APA format, […]

How to Cite a Spider-Man Comic Book

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swung back into action this past summer with his latest reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming. He made quite an impact, bringing in $117 domestically and earning a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes in the first weekend! If you’re looking into past story arcs, passionately debating over the origins of the plot lines, […]

The Five-Paragraph Essay: What’s the Deal?

If you’ve ever been assigned to write an essay for a class, it has probably been the classic five-paragraph essay. These essays have a relatively simple structure: an intro, a body, and a conclusion. Yet there are little things you need to know to write a strong one, and that’s why we’re here today. Let’s […]

Hoaxes, Pranks, and Scams: How Fake News and the Internet Pose a Threat to Research

The internet is the fastest, most innovative way to conduct research for virtually any academic project. With just a few simple clicks, thousands of results on your topic of choice are displayed, waiting to be digested and integrated into your work. This tool, however, should be treated with a modicum of caution. The internet’s speed, […]

What is a Thesis Statement?

When you receive a writing assignment, your first step in completing it might seem obvious, but is difficult to do: come up with an original idea or main point for your paper. No matter what type of paper you are writing (persuasive, expository, research, etc.), you need to have a central message. The arguments or […]

What is the Invisible Web?

When you research a topic using a search engine, such as Google, millions of search results typically appear. Did you know that’s only a small fraction of the information that is available on the Internet? The Invisible Web is a large area of the Internet that contains information that doesn’t show up in search engine […]