Performing Research

The following resources were created to guide you through research based on gathering information using primary source methods, which includes interviews and observations, as well as using secondary methods, including books, journals, papers, and websites. Also, you will learn how to evaluate the quality of research sources with the help of materials provided in this section.Continue reading

How to Write Book Reviews?

Book reviews aim to give a brief description of recently published books. The review has to contain the book’s key points. It is also a good idea to provide a short appraisal of its strengths and weaknesses and a general opinion whether it is a quality reading.

Many people do not make difference between book reviews and book reports, but they do differ. The aim of reports is to describe what happens in this work; to focus on the main plot, the characters in it, as well as the main idea of the book.Continue reading

Community Engaged Writing – A Valuable Means of Development for Students and the Community

Community engagement, in general, refers to connecting students with academic goals, with community members that provide insight into the mechanics of the community. The trend extends from schools to colleges, and it involves course activities not just inside the classroom, but outside of it too. It gives students a chance to engage with the community and learn more about their civic responsibilities improve their problem-solving skills and get involved in volunteering.Continue reading

The Basics of a Remarkable Research Statement

Research statements are documents that an applicant for post-undergraduate studies provides in order to apply for graduate programs or faculty positions. These short documents contain your past and present research experiences, as well as potential future research projects you plan to do. Most commonly, a research statement determines whether a candidate is suitable for a particular institution or program. Continue reading

Introductions, Body Paragraphs, and Conclusions for an Argument Paper

In this resource you will find help with the most commonly accepted structure for introductions, body paragraphs and conclusions for an academic argument paper. The resources offers guidelines and not strict rules about organization because every paper needs to meet the requirements of the purpose of the paper as well as the needs of the audience.Continue reading

How to Write Professional and Attention-grabbing Newsletters

Newsletters are primarily written to provide information to a certain audience, but the context and purpose of the newsletter can vary. However, the essence of every newsletter should be the same. It should provide valuable information about important updates, events or happenings in your surroundings that have already taken place or are going to happen in the future. There are several factors to consider when writing a newsletter that’s going to stand out to your audience and make them want to read it, top to bottom. Here are the most important elements to consider before creating a professional yet stimulating newsletter.Continue reading

Writing Academic Proposals: Conferences, Articles, and Books


One of the primary reasons academicians do research is to share information with others and broaden body of knowledge in a specific discipline. Sharing can occur in several different ways. Sharing is done frequently through conference presentations, published papers in peer-reviewed journals, and publishing the results on one’s research as a book. This resource covers the basic steps for writing a variety of academic proposals.Continue reading

Writing A Research Paper


Most students’ careers will be required to write a research paper at some point in their academic career. Intensive research and writing often creates a lot of stress for a student and that can result in procrastination and feelings of inadequacy. Students experience stress because many students are unfamiliar and unprepared for this genre of writing. The good news is that you can change that just by practicing! Writing a research paper is an integral part of academic study and it should not be avoided because of fear. The process of writing a research paper can be a rewarding and satisfying experience. The fact is many students will continue to do research throughout their careers.Continue reading

Annotated Bibliographies Writing Guidelines


Most students are familiar with bibliographies. A bibliography is a listing of sources including books, journals, Web sites, and periodicals used during research of a specific topic. Other name given to bibliographies are “References” or “Works Cited.” The term you use will depend on the style formatting you use. A bibliography includes the following information:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Publisher
  • Date

The definition of annotation is a summary or evaluation. An annotated bibliography includes a summary or an evaluation of each listed source. Your annotations may incorporate or more of the following depending on your assigned project.Continue reading

MLA Style Guide

You will find that the Modern Language Association (MLA) is usually associated with writing within the context of humanities and liberal arts. In these resources, you will find rules which are a reflection of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition, and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd edition. You will also find examples of papers written using the MLA style of formatting, along with explanations on how to make in-text citations and footnotes.
In order to familiarize yourself with all the differences among the most popular citation styles, address the Citation Style Chart.Continue reading