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Using a specific style guide can be tricky. The writing center connects you with APA resources to guide you through formatting and implementing in-text and reference list citations, and provides sample APA documents to ensure you are successful in following APA style.

Coaching sessions are conducted live; students log in, choose video and audio options, and upload the assignment file to the whiteboard. Each student and faculty coach work together with face-to-face, voice-to-voice, and text chat options to discuss the project and make changes together.

The writing center walks you through tips for success for the different types of writing assignments you will encounter as a CSU-Global student. These typical assignments include:. The writing center helps you decipher expectations, use appropriate academic writing style, provide evidence for arguments, and practice APA style for each of these types of writing to guide you toward effective written communication.

The writing center guides students in utilizing library resources to support their academic writing goals. This includes research guides, processes, and tutorials; research consultations; database access; and document delivery to support academic discovery for students, staff, and faculty. When you attend CSU-Global, you can reap the benefits of a robust writing center to support your academic writing needs. Message and data rates may apply.

I understand that my consent is not required to attend CSU-Global. Persuasive Essay This paper requires the writer to convince the reader to agree with a stated argument. Developing a Topic and Outline In many cases your instructor provides explicit directions that explain the purpose of your paper. Ask yourself questions like: Are there particular areas of the subject matter that interest you more than others?

Compile a list of major keywords that relate to your subject matter. Do any jump out at you as possibilities or suggest further investigation? This may include authoritative websites, reference materials or an individual you can interview. Is a potential topic too broad to summarize adequately? Is a topic too narrowly defined to expand into an entire paper? How comfortable are you with developing a clear thesis statement based on what you know or are able to learn?

Drafts and Revisions Rarely does the first draft of a paper reflect your best work. Start with big ideas and resist the urge to tinker with vocabulary at first. Does your paper meet the requirements of the assignment? Is your paper consistently on track with those requirements? Examine your thesis statement again. Does it take a specific position? Do you still agree with it? Does it require some modification? Next, review your introduction. Spend a major portion of your time reviewing your supporting paragraphs.

Does the body of the paper contain information in equal proportions? Does it truly support the position you took in your thesis statement? Does information flow well between paragraphs? Is the paper as a whole well-organized, or should some information be shifted to a more effective place in the paper? Check all of the evidence and research you use to support your primary and secondary claims. Is your supporting data factual and well-supported? Have you cited all your sources?

Are the citations in accordance with the expected style guide? Lastly, examine your conclusion. Does it tie the paper together? Does it leave the reader clearly understanding your position? After these big ideas are carefully thought through, the nitty-gritty editorial work follows: However, there are some errors instructors encounter more often than others: Apostrophes should never, ever be used to indicate a plural.

Apostrophes indicate contractions or possession, as in: Frequently overused, commas are used to separate items in a list, after an introductory phrase, or to separate distinct, yet related thoughts.

The use of a conjunction is a good indicator of proper comma placement. Often confused with commas, a semicolon is used to separate related thoughts that are each independent clauses in their own right. No conjunctions are used. Abby sings beautifully; she has studied with a private voice coach for many years.

These happen when usage rules for semicolons and commas are confused. Related independent clauses with no conjunction result in a comma splice: My daughters have lovely taste, they often exceed my budget.

Instead, separate each thought with either punctuation or a conjunction following the comma: My daughters have lovely taste, but they often exceed my budget. Affect is usually a verb, and effect is a usually a noun. The exceptions are unusual. That is a restrictive pronoun, meaning that it has no qualifiers and is tied to its noun: Which, on the other hand, introduces a relative clause that allows qualifiers.

A good rule of thumb: Who is used in reference to people. That is used in reference to inanimate objects, animals or entities. He is a person who cares deeply, and Apple is a company that values innovation. Quotation marks indicate a quote.

They do not indicate emphasis of any kind. They must also exist outside of any punctuation. Then is used in reference to time. Than is used when making comparisons. Then we left the conference, rather than attend the next seminar. We look forward to serving you and helping you grow as a writer. Please familiarize yourself with our services, policies, tutorials, and resources before using our services:. The draft review option formerly called offline assistance allows you to upload one Microsoft Word draft per assignment to be reviewed by a trained tutor and returned with suggestions for improvement, including links to resources and writing aids specific to your needs.

Drafts already containing comments will not be reviewed. Already graded papers will not be reviewed without prior permission from the instructor to the OWC. Mid-term and final exams will also not be reviewed.

Only the first 20 pages of lengthy assignments from end-of-program courses will be reviewed. Please use your Liberty email address when contacting Kristen. You will receive a reply to your email within 48 hours. OWC tutors will not edit papers or point out every single error but will note patterns of error and provide instruction, explanations, examples, and links to resources. OWC staff may not be held responsible for recognizing plagiarism or interpreting Safe Assign scores but will note any improper citations, documentation, or formatting.

The Skype appointments option allows you to set an appointment with a tutor to discuss one Microsoft Word draft in real-time via Skype. Skype appointments must be made two days in advance and must fall between 8 a. If you are in another time zone, you are responsible for calculating your own local appointment time.

Skype appointments may be made for a maximum of 1 hour per day 3 times per week and require a headset or microphone and speakers. The more available dates and times you provide, the more likely you will be to get an appointment. Use the link in your confirmation email from the OWC to access your request form and attach a revised draft up to an hour before your appointment. We will also keep you updated on new resources, services, and rare site issues.

GRST and , designed to be taken in conjunction with at least one other course, are 8-week courses created primarily to equip you with the organization and revision skills necessary to produce good graduate-level writing. In addition to their reduced cost, these courses differ from other Liberty online courses in a variety of ways:.

For only the flat course fee cost mentioned above, you will receive guided instruction and feedback on a writing project of your choice from another class, the chance to develop organization and revision skills needed for future assignments, and a graduate-level writing course on your official transcript. If you are apprehensive about future writing projects, please take advantage of this unique opportunity by enrolling in GRST along with your other courses in one of your earlier terms.

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The Online Writing Center is devoted to helping students become better, more confident writers. Our Online Writing Center coaches look at assignments primarily to provide advice on global issues (focus, development, organization, etc.). The online writing center is available seven days a week every day that the University is open, and offers minute synchronous online sessions using web conferencing software, email, telephone, or a combination of these.