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Writing is a major component of your academic experience at Sacred Heart University. Taking advantage of courses and readings in your major are critical for exposing you to the writing style in your chosen discipline, which will assist you in crafting effective research projects for coursework in your major. Before you get to those courses and readings, though, you likely will have to tackle writing a research paper for your First Year Seminar. The resources below can help you create a quality written product for your FYS research project. Because research and writing are two sides of the same coin, many of these resources will also help you with aspects of the research process, as well.
Helpful Library Resources
A Writer's Resource : A Handbook for Writing and Research by As we wrote the first edition of The McGraw-Hill Handbook, our students were in our minds, acting as our chief consultants. We knew that their perspectives on college life were different from those of previous generations of students, and so were their expectations. We understood that they needed a handbook for the twenty-first century, with state-of-the-art resources on writing, researching, and graphic design. They might be using a handbook in an English composition class at 9:00 AM, but at 10:00 AM they might be preparing PowerPoints for a speech course, and at 11:00 AM they might need the handbook to help with a history assignment. More than any other textbook, their handbook was their guide, not just to writing, but also to learning in college. In revising the second edition, we have endeavored to make it an even stronger and more varied resource for achieving excellence in the ever-changing digital environment that students confront in college.
Call Number: REF PE1408 .M3366 2010
Publication Date: 2010
Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide by The definitive research paper guide, Lester combines a traditional and practical approach to the research process with the latest information on researching and writing online. Comprehensive, but not overwhelming, Lester provides students with step-by-step guidance through the research writing process from selecting and narrowing a topic, to formatting the finished document.
Call Number: LB2369.L4 2001
Publication Date: 2001
Writing up Your University Assignments and Research Projects by Academic writing can be a daunting prospect for new undergraduates and postgraduates alike, regardless of whether they are home or overseas students. This book provides information on producing university-level written work.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2008
Writing at University: A Guide for Students by "Writing at University" offers guidance on how to develop the writing you have to do at university along with a greater understanding of what is involved in this complex activity. Writing is seen as a tool for learning as well as a product to be assessed. The importance of what you yourself can bring as a writer to your academic writing is stressed throughout the book. The book looks at an array of writing projects, including essays, reports and dissertations, and analyzes what is expected of each form of assignment. The authors provide examples of student writing and reflections on writing by both tutors and students.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2008
Helpful Online Guides and Websites
The University of Maryland University College offers an expansive Online Guide to Writing and Research that leads students through every aspect of the writing process. Though an information-heavy set of modules, the comprehensive nature of the guide makes it a valuable resource.
Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing by Joseph M. Williams and Lawrence McEnerney from the University of Chicago offers a concise and user-friendly guide to writing at the college level. Users wanting to focus on particular areas, like creating coherent sections for your paper or planning your first draft, can select individual sections from the contents page. Additionally, whole chapters can be downloaded individually as PDFs.
For grammar-specific assistance, the Writer's Workshop: Writer Resources page hosts a helpful "Grammar Handbook" produced by The Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Tabbed sections for "Citation Styles," "ESL Resources," and "Writing Tips" are also valuable resources available from the center.
The Online Writing Lab from Purdue University offers a one-stop shopping approach to writing assistance. The site includes pages on writing styles, writing mechanics, research and citation, as well as materials for instructors.