The links below include resource files that are helpful when teaching basic writing and academic research using a college library.

Undergraduate Writing

Composition I and II

  • Essay Structure (5-Paragraph)
  • Thesis Statement Outline
  • Thesis Statement Guide
  • APA Citation Guide

Finding Reference Material

  • Using the Library
  • What Makes a Source Good?
  • Reading Journal Articles for Content
  • Citing an Article Properly
  • Using Websites, Wikis and Blogs

Working with Cited Material

  • Don’t Float Your Quotes!
  • Creating an Academic “Lead-in”
  • Using Transitions – Thank you!
  • Citation Generators: Friend or Foe?
  • Page and Paragraph Numbers: Must You Include Them?

APA Help

  • Section Headers are Your Friend
  • Templates, Coversheets, and More
  • Purdue Owl – Navigating The Website
  • University of North Carolina Writing Center
  • University of Colorado Writing Center


  • What It Is and How to Avoid It
  • Most Common Types of Plagiarism

Spelling and Grammar

Writing at the Graduate Level

  • Taking it Up a Notch
  • Moving Beyond the Basics