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Writing Skills

On this page you will find tutorials intended to help you improve some of your basic writing skills at a university level.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Crafting a Thesis Statement

Scholarly Sources

The following two videos deal with scholarly sources and help you to learn how to distinguish them from popular sources.

Source: University of Michigan Library

Source: University of Washington Libraries

Formatting Papers on Microsoft Word

The following three videos are on how to format your research papers on Microsoft Word using three different formats; MLA, APA and Chicago Style.

Source: cburyTutorials

Source: Terrence Jorgensen - Kennesaw State University - Psychology Lab


Source: McLane Library Tutorials

Academic Essays

The following videos contain helpful tips on how to write academic essays.

Source: Telephone interview with Dr Jean Jenkins (Cardiff University)

Source: Michelle Bowman of the Effective Writing Center, University of Maryland University College

Active and Passive Voice

The following is a three part series, by Susan Montag, teaching you the difference between active voice and passive voice in writing, as well as how to change it in your paper.