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Sharpening the Axe (Research and Writing Assistance)

Here is the BMA Seminary QEP Grading Rubric.
Here is a Power Point presentation about Information Literacy. 'Right click' on the link and 'Save Target As ...' to download the Power Point file.

What style guide should I use?

Always use the style guide specified by your professor. If a style is not specified, the following are guidelines for choosing an appropriate system for documenting your sources. Ask at the Reference Desk for help!


Style and Writing Guides

Side-by-Side Style Guide Comparisons

APA, Chicago, MLA and Turabian are covered in this easy to use style comparison web site from Duke University.

Citing Government Publications
Columbia Online Style (COS)

For citing electronically-accessed information in MLA, APA or scientific styles.


Purdue Writing Lab
▪ General
This is the "one-stop web home for professional writers". It includes information about "freelance writing, screenwriting, playwriting, writing novels, nonfiction, comic book writing, greeting cards, poetry, [and] songwriting".


Armchair Grammarian!F9!71!91A4C51D649F/solis-boo/Grammar1/
This site is a "compilation of the fundamental usage of English grammar and the underlying rules of punctuation."


Citing Electronic Resources
"Many people want to know how to cite information that they find on the Internet in school papers, theses, reports, etc. There is no definitive answer, but many people have made suggestions. Here are some places to go for recommended electronic information citation guides."


Common Errors in English
Common Errors in English is "concerned only with deviations from the standard use of English as judged by sophisticated users such as professional writers, editors, teachers, and literate executives and personnel officers. The aim of this site is to help you avoid low grades, lost employment opportunities, lost business, and titters of amusement at the way you write or speak."


The Economist Style Guide
The style guide that is used by journalists at The Economist. Features English grammar and style rules, with a focus on British English.


Electronic Reference Formats Recommended by APA
Part of the American Psychological Association Journals web site, this page provides information on how to cite various types of electronic sources, including email messages, web sites or specific documents within web sites, articles or abstracts from electronic databases, and web citations in text.


English Grammar FAQ
Questions and answers about English usage and grammar from a linguistics professor.


"EzineUniversity exists to help you become a successful E-Zine Publisher. Several leading online experts share their expertise with you in this educational forum." Available free online courses include: E-Zines and E-mail Marketing, Preparation and Research, Planning and Development, Content Development and Writing, and Publishing and Mailing List Management.


Grammar and Style Notes
"These notes are a miscellany of grammatical rules and explanations, comments on style, and suggestions on usage I put together for my classes. The entries here are of two types: specific articles on usage, and more general articles on style. The specific articles can be further divided into two classes: (1) grammatical rules and explanations, matters rather of precedent than of taste; and (2) more subjective suggestions for making your writing clearer, more forceful, and more graceful. The specific articles are intended for quick reference, such as when you have to find out whether which or that is appropriate. The general articles lend themselves to browsing and absorbing over time." Entries are browsable alphabetically. Includes a short bibliography.


How to Write a Term Paper
"This guide is designed to support you as you use electronic and print resources to: choose a topic, craft a thesis, evaluate thesis and sources, identify a variety of information sources, take efficient notes, begin and organize a research paper, use parenthetical documentation, prepare a Works Cited page, draft and revise a research paper."


Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (LII 2007  ed.)
This hypertext reference is designed to introduce legal citation to the beginner and to serve as a reference on basic citation points for more experienced writers and citation checkers.

Writer's Handbook
Includes instructional materials used in the Writing Center. Sections include Academic Writing (Literature, Research, Reviews), Grammar & Style, Peer Reviews, Documentation Styles (APA, MLA, Turabian, etc.), and Letters & Application Essays.

Writing Research Essays in North American Academic Institutions
Shows you what North American professors expect from students doing research

Writers' Workshop Online Writing Guide

"The Writing Guide is organized into four Handbooks containing information about grammatical rules, writing tips, ESL resources and citation styles. Click on the appropriate Handbook below to see a master index of the topics it covers:

The Grammar Handbook explains and illustrates the basic grammatical rules concerning parts of speech, phrases, clauses, sentences and sentence elements, and common problems of usage.

Writing Tips Handbook provides advice on various elements of the writing process, including advice on analyzing your audience, developing a good thesis statement, revising, using commas correctly, taking an essay exam, and writing summaries.

ESL Resources provides several resources for those who are studying English. There are also several links to websites with activities and information to practice reading or listening to texts.

Citation Styles shows you how to cite bibliographical references in three different standard formats: MLA (Modern Language Association) format, APA (American Psychological Association) format, and "Old MLA" format (using endnotes and a bibliography page)."




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