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 […]

Who Was Kate L. Turabian?

There are so many different citation styles to choose from when writing a research paper. MLA format, APA format, Harvard referencing, and many others. But did you know that one is named after a famous educator born over 100 years ago? Turabian style is named for Kate L. Turabian, an American educator and writer. So […]

Citation Styles You’ve Never Heard Of

MLA format, APA format, Harvard referencing. These are the first things that come to mind when you hear the term “citation styles.” But did you know that over 8,000 other citation styles exist, and that you can find most of them on Cite This For Me? It’s all because of CSL, or the Citation Style Language, […]

The Beauty of Outlines

Sally Baggett is a college instructor, writing tutor, proofreader, and writer. Writing is her life. She holds a master’s in literature, teaching basic writing at the college level and tutoring in writing at all levels. She also is a literature instructor, inspiring students to love what they read so that writing about it is more fun. She […]

3 Writing Courses (From Top Schools!) You Won’t Believe Are Free

It sounds too good to be true, but you can improve your writing skills with resources from some of the top colleges and universities in the world—and without a fee! It is now possible thanks to Massive Open Online Courses, also known as MOOCs. MOOCs are free online classes that are available to the general […]

Why not Wikipedia?

“Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject. So you know you are getting the best possible information.” — Michael Scott from The Office Schur, Michael. “The Negotiation.” The Office (U.S.), NBC, 5 Apr. 2007. is an open-sourced, free online encyclopedia. It contains information […]

Cite This For Me Wins AASL’s Award for “Best Websites for Teaching and Learning 2017”

  The American Library Association just wrapped up their annual conference in Chicago, Illinois. One of the most anticipated moments was the announcement of the “Best Websites for Teaching and Learning,” presented by The American Association of School Libraries. We are proud to announce that Cite This For Me was chosen as one of the […]