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Evidence

December 29, 2011

What this handout is about This handout will provide a broad overview of gathering and using evidence. It will help you decide what counts as evidence, put evidence to work in your writing, and determine whether you have enough evidence. … Continued

College Writing

December 29, 2011

What this handout is about This handout will help you figure out what your college instructors expect when they give you a writing assignment. It will tell you how and why to move beyond the five-paragraph essays you learned to … Continued

Brainstorming

December 29, 2011

What this handout is about This handout discusses techniques that will help you start writing a paper and continue writing through the challenges of the revising process. Brainstorming can help you choose a topic, develop an approach to a topic, … Continued

Fallacies

December 29, 2011

What this handout is about This handout discusses common logical fallacies that you may encounter in your own writing or the writing of others. The handout provides definitions, examples, and tips on avoiding these fallacies. Arguments Most academic writing tasks … Continued

Verb Tenses

December 28, 2011

What this handout is about The present simple, past simple, and present perfect verb tenses account for approximately 80% of verb tense use in academic writing. This handout will help you understand how to use these three verb tenses in … Continued

Semicolons, colons, and dashes

December 28, 2011

What this handout is about This handout explains the most common uses of three kinds of punctuation: semicolons (;), colons (:), and dashes (—). After reading the handout, you will be better able to decide when to use these forms … Continued

Plagiarism

December 28, 2011

What this handout is about This handout explains what plagiarism is and outlines steps students can follow to avoid plagiarizing. What is plagiarism? At UNC, plagiarism is defined as “deliberate or reckless representation of another’s words, thoughts, or ideas as … Continued

Editing and Proofreading

December 28, 2011

What this handout is about This handout provides some tips and strategies for revising your writing. To give you a chance to practice proofreading, we have left seven errors (three spelling errors, two punctuation errors, and two grammatical errors) in … Continued

Scientific Reports

December 28, 2011

What this handout is about This handout provides a general guide to writing reports about scientific research you’ve performed. In addition to describing the conventional rules about the format and content of a lab report, we’ll also attempt to convey … Continued

Literature Reviews

December 28, 2011

What this handout is about This handout will explain what literature reviews are and offer insights into the form and construction of literature reviews in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Introduction OK. You’ve got to write a literature review. … Continued