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COSC 1301 & BCIS 1305: Introduction to Computing

The Center for Academic Excellence

The Center for Academic Excellence can help you with class essays, research papers, academic writing, letter writing, and resumes.  They also offer computer software tutorials and Word processing help.  When visiting the Center for Academic Excellence, be sure to have your assignment and your student ID.

Location:  Student Services Center, 1st Floor

Phone Number: 299-8500

MLA Citations

Need help understanding MLA citations?  The links below will take you to helpful websites.

MLA published a new edition of the handbook. For a quick overview of the changes, please see the Purdue OWL page MLA Eighth Edition: What's New and Different.  

Citation Makers

Different subjects require different citation formats.  Be sure to check with your instructor to find out what format to use for your project.  Citation generators will help you insert the necessary information needed for various types of citations.  They offer lots of help in interpreting what information is needed for a citation.  While they will correctly format and punctuate your information, they will not correct your spelling or capitalization errors. Be sure to check the capitalization rules for titles used in citations.

Guidelines for Avoiding Plagiarism

This short guide will explain plagiarism and how to avoid it.

Paraphrases and Quotes

Not sure what the difference is between paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting? 

Paraphrasing: "Paraphrasing involves putting a passage from source material into your own words. A paraphrase must also be attributed to the original source. Paraphrased material is usually shorter than the original passage, taking a somewhat broader segment of the source and condensing it slightly."  from Purdue Owl

Summarizing: A summary is "much shorter that the original source. If your aim is to summarize a long passage, look for the author's most important ideas." from The Curious Writer

Quoting: A quote contains the exact words from a source.  Don't forget to use quotation marks and cite the source.

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