What a Good Paper Introduction Looks Like

An introduction sounds deceptively simple. It’s easy to forget about the intro and give all your attention to the body of the paper because that’s where the meat is, right? But truthfully, the introduction is what gets your reader engaged. It’s the first impression, and it sets up your essay for success. If your paper […]

How to Write A Research Paper: 7 Simple Steps

Writing a research paper can be a pain. It’s not fun to find yourself staring at your computer the night before your paper is due, wondering why you waited until the last minute. Or maybe you’ve just started your paper, only to find yourself completely overwhelmed by the task at hand. Don’t worry! Whenever you […]

3 Note-Taking Systems That Help You Conquer Research

By Roxanne Wells Having clear, concise notes is super important when you are writing that paper or studying for that test, but taking in information and taking good notes at the same time can be a tricky skill to master. The good news is that there are several different note-taking systems that make things easier […]

Brainstorming Tips For When You’re Stuck

There’s nothing worse than working on an assignment and finding yourself hopelessly, thoroughly stuck! It might be figuring out the layout of your essay that gets you, or perhaps you’re struggling to put together an argument that you can support. In cases like these, taking the time to do some less-structured brainstorming might be just […]

How to Cite a Meme

Doge, Grumpy Cat, and Success Kid. You know you love them (we do, too). Memes like these are no longer just an Internet fad. They’re so ingrained in pop culture that you can now find books documenting their history and college courses that delve into their popularity. As a result, you may find yourself including […]

How to Take Great Notes

It’s tempting to robotically write down what’s on the classroom board verbatim or everything that’s being said. But taking great notes is a cornerstone of a good academic experience. When you take good notes, you’re not only creating a study guide for yourself, but also improving your memory and understanding of the material. Sort of […]

What are Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources?

By Amanda Marie Clark Primary, secondary, tertiary, oh my! What do these types of sources mean? How do you know which ones to use? And why do the different kinds of sources matter anyway? You might be falling asleep just thinking about it. But as you gather sources and put them through our Cite This […]

How to Manage Your Extracurriculars in College

Managing extracurriculars and academics in college can be a juggling act. Classes are hard enough without trying to add in your social life and sleep. Throw in activities, sports, volunteering, and student jobs into the mix, and scheduling your life can get complicated pretty fast! Here are a few tips to make striking this balance […]

Putting Your Best Foot Forward in the New School Year

By Caleigh Propes The beginning of a new school year is a transition for everyone, especially after a summer off. Almost everyone around you will be concerned with research paper topics, professors, and pulling all-nighters before you know it. With a little bit of effort, though, you can start off the new year in a […]

Effective Paraphrasing for the Smart Student

By Sally Baggett Paraphrasing is an important part of any writing involving outside sources. It’s a way to repeat a source in your own words without having to echo it word for word. Yet how do you paraphrase effectively? There are a few things to consider when paraphrasing, including choosing when to paraphrase in the […]