Love at First Cite! – Five Differences Between MLA and APA Style

by Patrick

In this Sway, Patrick has outlined five major differences between MLA and APA style when it comes to formatting a paper. If you aren’t sure about how an MLA paper should “look,” or how to make sure your APA paper has all the right features, then take a look at this great resource!

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Click on the link below, and it will take you to our homesite, where you can check out other resources to improve your writing skills and prepare you for academic, professional, and civic writing.

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Love at First Cite! – Why Do We Cite?

Welcome to February! This month, we’ll be showing you various handouts, tutorials, and other resources to help you understand citation methods for your academic papers. Hopefully you grow to love it!

In this video, Daymon, a Writing TA with The Learning Hub, explains the importance of citing your sources and how it can benefit your writing.

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Understanding Scholarly Articles–conventions, layout, and clues

by Daymon

In this video, Daymon walks you through the conventions and layout of scholarly articles, and gives advice on how to use your research most effectively in your projects.

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Revision

by Daymon

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On Halloween, we imagine ourselves differently. We paint our faces and become new characters. We mock the macabre and generally celebrate all that is strange and wonderful in life—particularly candy.

We see ourselves and others differently for a day. It is liberating.

Believe it or not, writing revisions can also be liberating. It’s an opportunity to look closely at your writing voice, to see your thoughts in a new light—perhaps with added depth and meaning.

What if you injected some humor in your writing here, like putting on some clown makeup? What if you delayed some revealing information over there, like the growing suspense of your favorite Halloween thriller?

There are many aspects of revision that simply ensure you have met the assignment requirements and presented a clear argument. You can find several of these revision strategies in the handout linked below.

But revision can also be an opportunity to re-see (re-vision) your words—and yourself—differently. Happy Halloween!

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Conclusions

by Alex Ayers

In high school, I was often frustrated when writing conclusions. By the time I got to the end of the paper, I thought everything that needed to be said was in the paper—why bother to hit the reader over the head with the same ideas over and over again? So many of my classmates (and let’s be honest, I did this too) would copy and paste the introduction to the end of the paper, rework a few phrases, and consider this a new “conclusion.” Part of the reason was due to laziness. More often than not, I would copy and paste my introduction to use as a conclusion because I didn’t know what else to say, and I needed something to fill up space.

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Introductions

by Patrick Anderson

Master of Ceremony (M.C).: Introductions are inevitably hard for the average mortal. By the time I finish shaking hands with someone I’ve just met, I can’t remember his/her name for the life of me.

Director: Stop …Stop! … that is not the kind of introduction we are supposed to talk about here…try again please.

M.C: Mmmm, o.k., o. k … (looking dumbfounded). Accidentally introducing a nail in your foot can bring fatal consequences to your health. Tetanus and other diseases—-

Director: Stop. Stop…you frigging idiot!  That is not an introduction we are concerned with here either.This is a Writing Center in Springfield remember? We are talking about a paper here…jeez! That kind of introduction!

M.C.: Oh o.k., I get it now… (using his loudest, deepest and most resonant voice) And now, we proudly present (drumroll……………….) the Springfield Journal Register!!

Director: I’ve had it, I quit! @#$$%^^&&%$$#@^%$#%$#% (director visibly going postal) 

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. Moral of the story: Introductions are usually hard, especially for inexperienced writers. But before you give up with your paper because you suffer from writers’ block, anxiety, or other conundrums (I call them excuses), let me give a sound piece of advice.

You CAN get your paper started. From now on, you won’t have any more reasons for procrastination! Why?
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