5 Easy Habits That Help You Become A Better Writer

What makes a good writer? Is it knowing how to do a works cited page accurately? (Probably helps) Maybe it’s having a deep imagination? Or maybe it’s just practice. Fiction icons like J.K. Rowling elevate writing to an art form by using language to draw the reader into a magical new world. However, for most […]

What Comma Splices Are and Why You Need to Avoid Them

There are many new words and phrases we learn in school. For example, tetrahydrate, APA format, diaspora, and so forth. The term “comma splice” is thrown around in English classes on a regular basis–no doubt you have heard this term a time or two in your school career. Yet unless you took the time to […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing in an Academic Tone

When writing an essay, it is important to argue your points in a clear and concise way, and of course to try to sound intelligent as a speaker. Finding the right tone in your written voice is an essential part of writing, yet many students find it difficult to strike the right balance. It is […]

How to Cite Multiple Sources in One Paragraph

When researching a paper, you’ll usually find several sources related to your topic and want to reference all of them in your paper. However, it can be tricky to develop an even distribution of your own original ideas and information from sources found through research. It is tempting to simply regurgitate information back to back. […]

What is Self Plagiarism?

  Ever heard of self-plagiarism? While it may sound silly, it’s actually a big deal. Incorrectly citing yourself can lead to serious consequences. It’s tempting to think that since you have written material on a topic before, that work can be repurposed without any citations. Unfortunately, this is poor writing ethics and should be prevented […]

The Buried Roots of Harry Potter Words

    By Devon Brown Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone endures as one of the best-selling books in   since its original publish date in June, 1997. The entire series has been translated from English into a total of 80 languages, but fans of the book will remember it best for introducing a language […]

How to Cite Hamlet

To cite or not to cite? That is the question! And the answer is, of course, that you should always cite your sources. Failing to include citations for any sources that you’ve used in the writing of your essay or paper could mean that you unintentionally commit plagiarism, which can have tragic consequences! In order […]

In-Text Citations: The What, Why and When

When referencing sources for your papers and essays, you’ll create a works cited list (also known as a reference list). This list is usually found at the end of a paper, and will comprise of citations detailing all the relevant sources that you’ve used. The purpose of a works cited list is so the person […]

5 Smart Ways to End a Paper

Devon Brown has worked as a professional writer for over a decade. Her pieces have been featured in traditional print outlets like National Geographic Traveler and Time Out New York. Currently, her expertise lies in social media. Under the username whatdevondiscovered, she nurtures an active community on Instagram that focuses on education, lifestyle and travel. […]

Changes to Chicago Manual of Style Citations in the 17th Edition

Earlier this year, The University of Chicago officially launched the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style which provides some new guidelines for creating citations in research papers. We took a look at their updates and selected what we feel are the most important changes, which we have listed below. To help you keep […]