Useful References for Students

Research and Citation – As a university student, most of your research sources will be scholarly sources, not magazines and web sites, and your citations will need more detail than URLs. Purdue’s OWL is an excellent resource for both, as are our own EWU library’s Research Guides.

Son of Citation Machine – Free citation generator for building bibliographies; can do MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian styles.

The Assignment Calculator – Handy resource from the University of Minnesota library. Input the date due and the date you’ll start working on the paper, and the subject area of the assignment, and they’ll map out a day by day plan for searching the catalog, the appropriate databases, and the web, using services at the library, visiting the writing lab, writing the paper, and compiling a reference list.

David Gauntlett’s Nine Top Tips For Media Students are pretty useful for most students.

A composition instructor offers excellent advice about how to get a better grade. These strategies will work in every class, not just writing.

A software company CEO says, “I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why.” – I’m not being picky when I correct your grammar, spelling, and punctuation. I’m trying to help you get a job!

The Rules of Intellectual Etiquette – I don’t always (or even often) agree with Wendy McElroy, but this excerpt from her book, The Reasonable Woman, offers useful advice to remember in class discussions

You Suck at PowerPoint – You really do. You’d improve if you did just half of these recommendations.

How to Email a Professor – Just some helpful guidelines, like remembering that Kissling is my last name, not my first. And that my title is Dr., not Mrs. (Seriously. I’d rather you call me by my first name than “Mrs. Kissling” — that’s my mom.)