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Writing Center at Aquinas College

Writing Center: Resources

Word Resources

  • Read Aloud
  • Hanging Indent
  • Find and Replace
  • Spacing Paragraphs
  • Transfering a Word Doc to a Google Doc

Google Resources

  • Hanging Indent 
  • Find and Replace
  • Spacing Paragraphs
  • Transfering a Google Doc into Word

Essay Help

  • How to Select a Research Topic - This link is a University of Michigan page that provides guidelines for creating a basic outline and picking a topic for research. 
  • Creating a Thesis Statement, Thesis Statement Tips - A Purdue Owl page that gives tips on writing a thesis statement.
  • Writing About Fiction: Developing a Thesis. - A Purdue Owl page that focuses on how to write a thesis for papers relating to a fiction piece.
  • How Do I Write a Thesis Statement? - A .pdf that provides an explanation of what a thesis statement is and how to tell a weak and strong thesis apart, provides thesis statement models, and gives a checklist for double-checking thesis statements. This information is provided by Vanderbilt university. 
  • The Plagiarism Spectrum - An amazing listicial detailing and showcasing different types of plagiarism. This information is provided by turnitin.com.
  • Did I Plagiarize? - This link is to an infographic that details the process of determining a paper’s integrity. This information is provided by the Visual Communication Guide. 
  • What is Common Knowledge? - A helpful page on what can be denoted as common knowledge. This information is provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • The Punctuation Guide - Rules and examples for every punctuation mark, along with commentary on different styles and word processors. This was created by Jordan Penn, whose information is located on the guide’s “about the guide” page.
  • Writing Checklist - A writing checklist that asks questions to reflect on, gives some grammar and mechanical tips, provides brief information on some symbols, and has quick reminders regarding personal pronouns and in-text citations. 
  • Paradigm Online Writing Assistant - A collection of essay writing tips, regarding sentence structure, organization, and other topics. 
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab - A writing resource that gives plenty of information regarding APA, MLA, Chicago and other styles. 
  • Purdue Owl: APA Headings and Seriation - A page on Purdue Owl that delves into the APA headings for a research paper.
  • Alt Codes - A website that details how to access certain symbols (e.g. ñ, é) inaccessible on a normal keyboard through alt-codes. 
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab: Resources - General academic writing resources page with assistance on the writing process, mechanics, grammar, and common writing assignments.

Citation Help 

    • A Quick Guide to Citations: APA 6th Edition - Half-sheets focusing on how to make an APA citation. The first sheet gives an explanation on what is in a book citation with an example, while the second gives an explanation relating to journals and other sources.
    • A Quick Guide to In-text Citations: APA 6th Edition - Half-sheets giving tips regarding in-text citations in APA. The first half-sheet gives an explanation, while the second gives two examples. 
    • A Quick Guide to Quotations: APA 6th Edition - Half-sheets making a distinction between a short quotation and a long quotation in APA. The first half-sheet distinguishes the short and long quotations, while the second half-sheet only gives a short quotation example.
    • A Quick Guide to Citations: MLA 8th Edition - Half-sheets showcasing how to make an MLA citation. The first half-sheet details what is in an MLA citation, while the second gives two examples.
    • A Quick Guide to In-text Citations: MLA 8th Edition - Half-sheets describing how to create in-text citations in MLA. The first half-sheet states what is in an in-text MLA citation, while the second half-sheet gives two examples. 
    • A Quick Guide to Quotations: MLA 8th Edition - Half-sheets making a distinction between a short quotation and a long quotation in MLA. The first half-sheet expresses what makes a short quotation and long quotation different, while the second half-sheet shows how to add and omit words in quotations. 
    • A Guide to Chicago Style Citations: 17th Edition - A detailed guide that delves into the rules for Chicago Style Citations with examples.
    • The Chicago Manual of Style Online - The online version of the Chicago Manual of Style. The latest edition discussed primarily on this site is the 17th edition with mentions of the 16th edition as well.
  • How to Make Footnotes!

Professional Writing Resources 

Publication/Creative Writing Resources?

Consultant Resources