The Lowdown on Citing Primary Sources

To have a quality research paper, it is incredibly important to include relevant sources as evidence that supports your ideas. While including references to sources such as books, journal articles, and newspapers is helpful, they do not represent the holistic picture of your research topic. Including references to primary sources, as well as secondary, can […]

Tricks to Avoiding Accidental Plagiarism

Intentionally copying information from a source and presenting it as your own work is the most well-known type of plagiarism. It is not the only way, however, that plagiarism can be committed. Sometimes plagiarism is the result of accidentally leaving out citations, or by incorrectly paraphrasing. So how can you avoid accidental plagiarism when you’re […]

Enriching Your Writing with Strong Supporting Evidence

At this point in the school year, you’ve probably heard your English teacher or professor use the word “evidence” at least 100 times. Maybe you’ve seen it scrawled across your essays in red pen: “Where’s your evidence?” or, “This point needs stronger evidence.” Whether you’re writing an argumentative essay, a research paper, or a literary […]

Citing a Source in a Foreign Language? No Problem!

In today’s modern world, it’s easier than ever to find sources from all over the world (thanks, Internet!) to include in your academic papers. Your studies may lead you down paths where you frequently encounter sources that are written in foreign languages. Though these sources are valuable, it can be tricky to create accurate citations […]

Celebrate Presidents’ Day by Citing a Presidential Speech

Presidents’ Day is celebrated on the third Monday of February each year in the United States—and it offers the perfect opportunity to honor the life and achievements of past American presidents, especially historical standouts like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. The holiday was initially held on February 22nd to honor the life and […]

Crash Course in Research Terms

A well-researched paper is one way to impress your teacher and hopefully earn a good grade So seeking out a variety of reliable sources is something worth investing your time in. However, when embarking on your research for a college paper or essay, you may come across some terms that are unfamiliar. We’ve put together […]

What Counts as Scholarly?

A scholarly source is an article or other piece of academic work that’s been written by an expert (or experts) in a particular field. They are aimed at a reader who already has an interest in the subject, with the intention of keeping this audience up-to-date with the most recent research or news on the […]

How to Cite a Translated Book

Good books come in all sizes, colors, lengths, and languages! Oftentimes, popular texts are translated into many languages, connecting authors with readers who don’t share the same native tongue. For example, the French children’s book “Le Petit Prince,” or “The Little Prince,” by Antoine Saint Exupéry has been translated into 300 languages! Translations are great […]

7 Essay Research Tips

Research paper is a term that often causes feelings of dread, anxiety, and sometimes confusion. One reason for this is that research papers aren’t taught or assigned as frequently as other types of academic writing, so it’s not unusual to be unsure about how to approach them. Next time your teacher or professor assigns a […]

5 Things You Never Knew About Citations

Though making citations may seem like a dry subject, these integral elements to research papers have been assisting writers in making cohesive arguments for hundreds of years. Not only do they prevent plagiarism, but they provide guidance to the reader about where the writer found evidence for their claim. So how did citations get started? […]