GENERAL DIRECTIONS FOR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS
Clear writing is important for all professionals. Below are general directions for written assiignments, specific directions for individual assignments, links to citation guides, and links on writing tips.
The College-wide standard for written communication is The Everyday Writer, by A.A. Lunsford. This is an excellent resource, and one that will likely be useful for all types of college writing assignments and for citation . Copies are available at Folletts Bookstore, or you can purchase an electronic copies.
Also, remember the Writing Support Center in Moon Library, which is an excellent resource for help, or for sharpening your writing skills.
Citation and Bibliographies
You are evaluated on your use of proper citation format, so be sure to follow an accepted format (links below) and do not leave out information. The purpose of a citation, theoretically, is that one could find the source, or the quotation in the source, based on the bibliographic information provided in a citation. Leaving out a journal title, or a date, or an url defeats the puropose, in a sense, of a citation. The purpose of the bibliography is to document your entire research effort-- not just the sources you cite in your work. A sample bibliography is here (in Chicago Style)
Links to Online Citation Guides
Indiana University Bloomington Writing Tutorial Services ~ MLA Style
University of Wisconsin Madison Writing Center ~ Chicago Style
A Research Guide for Students, by I. Lee
Purdue Online Writing Lab
Although it is best if you learn how to write citations by practicing, this site may help you if you a a complex citation rto format: citation machince.net
Links to Writing Centers for Writing Tips
University of Wisconsin Madison Writing Center ~Planning and Writing a Research Paper
Indiana University Bloomington Writing Tutorial Services ~ How to Write aThesis Statement
University of Wisconsin Madison Writing Center ~Developing a Thesis Statement
University of Wisconsin Madison Writing Center ~Thesis and Purpose Statements