Writing Style Tips: Word and Sentence Variety

An effective piece of writing requires more than just good ideas and content: Effective writing also has style. Writing style refers to the way the writer uses words and structures sentences to establish mood and meaning. Elements of writing style include sentence arrangement, sentence structure, word choice, figurative language, and voice. In this article, we’ll […]

How to Write a Rhetorical Analysis: A Step-by-Step Student Guide 

If you’ve never written a rhetorical analysis, you’re not alone. Rhetorical analysis essays can be a struggle because if you’re unfamiliar with them. Plus, these essays are complex and challenging. But don’t worry—we’re here to help! In this article, we’ll explain: Exactly what a rhetorical analysis is (and isn’t). How to read and plan your […]

Cite a Pamphlet in MLA, APA, and Harvard

If your coursework took you to a museum or on some other field trip, you may have come away with a pamphlet/brochure, filled with information that will come in handy for your paper or project. Guess what? You can cite directly from that pamphlet! Citing a primary document like a pamphlet might seem tricky if […]

Should URLs in a Bibliography be “Live?”

Websites are an increasingly popular source to cite in research papers, as they are easily accessible and contain a breadth of information on a given topic. It can be difficult, however, to understand the nuances of citing a website in your bibliography, and doing so should be treated with care. So, how can you be […]

Ending Your Essay With a Strong Conclusion

Conclusions aren’t easy—but they’re very important. And contrary to popular belief, they’re not simply a place to restate what you’ve said before in the same way. They’re an opportunity to cast all the arguments you’ve made in a new light. Conclusions give you a chance to summarize and organize your main points, reminding the reader […]

Writing Strong Supporting Details

There’s a reason the film industry acknowledges great supporting actresses and actors, and not just the stars of the show. Without the supporting cast, the film wouldn’t be possible. Instead, it would be flat, filled with plot holes, and missing dialogue that advances the script. A composition is a lot like a film: It has […]

Citing Different Media From the Same Online Article

When doing research for a project or report, it’s great to seek out different types of media, from text-based articles to videos. But what do you do when the video and article are on the same online article or web page? As it turns out, both media types need to be cited separately — but […]

Why You Should Do Pre-search

So your professor assigned you a research paper in their class and you’re unsure of where to start. We’ve all been there. You have a topic. You know little about it. You need information. Where do you even begin? That’s where the “pre-search” process comes in. What’s pre-search? “Pre-search” is the process of learning about […]

Say Goodbye to Writing Anxiety

The dreaded blank page. Every time you start to write, you fight this battle. You sit with fingers poised over the keyboard, a head full of ideas ready to pour out, but all you get are beads of sweat and an overwhelming desire to scroll through your Twitter feed just one last time. You have […]

Cite Your Old Work: The How and Why

Have you ever been given an assignment and thought, “I’ve written a paper like this before…”? If yes, then you might’ve considered re-using content from that previous paper for your new one. If it’s still relevant and the result of your own work, so why not? Doing so, however, should be treated with extreme caution, […]