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The Writing Center

The Writing Center

Handouts

 
 

 

 

Our Handouts can Help Guide you on a Number of Writing Assignments 

 If you would like more information on any of the topics covered in our handouts, or if there is a handout you think we should add to our collection, please let us know!

 

Citation and Formatting Guides

APA

APA Sample Paper
This handout is formatted like an APA paper, including a cover page, abstract, and running head. It also shows you how to format in-text citations, block quotes, and common sources on your reference page.

APA Unusual Citations
This handout shows you how to format "unusual citations," including class handouts, presentations, and many online sources.

APA Running Head Guide
This handout shows you how to format your APA running head.

MLA

MLA Sample Paper (8th Edition)
This handout is formatted like an 8th edition MLA paper, including a header and page numbers. It also shows you how to format in-text citations, block quotes, and common sources on your reference page. Check with your professor is you are unsure about which formatting style you are using.

MLA Unusual Citations (8th Edition)
This handout shows you how to format "unusual citations," including class handouts, presentations, and many online sources.

MLA Page Number Guide
This handout shows you how to format your MLA page numbers.

MLA 8th Edition Quick Guide
This handout is a quick guide for MLA 8th edition, reviewing the changes in formatting for each major type of citation.

MLA Sample Paper (7th Edition)
This handout is formatted like an 7th edition MLA paper, including a header and page numbers. It also shows you how to format in-text citations, block quotes, and common sources on your reference page. Check with your professor is you are unsure about which formatting style you are using.

Chicago

Chicago Citation and Formatting Guide
This handout reviews the basics of Chicago formatting, and includes sample citations for some of the most common sources in both Notes and Bib and Author/Date formatting. Check with your professor is you are unsure about which formatting style you are using. 

Turabian

Turabian Citation and Formatting Guide
This handout reviews the basics of Turabian formatting, and includes sample citations for some of the most common sources.

Turabian Sample Cover Page
While much of Turabian follows Chicago style formatting, the cover page is different. This handout is a sample Turabian cover page.

AMA

AMA Citation and Formatting Guide
This handout reviews the basics of AMA formatting, and includes sample citations for some of the most common sources. 

IEEE

IEEE Citation and Formatting Guide
This handout reviews the basics of IEEE formatting, and includes sample citations for some of the most common sources.

IEEE Official Abbreviations for Transactions, Journals, and Letters
This document gives a list of all of the official IEEE abbreviations for transactions, journals, and letters that you might cite in your sources.

IEEE Official Sample Paper
This document is a word document created by the IEEE, which comes pre-formatted and can be used to ensure correct formatting for IEEE essays.

Pinpoint Citations

Pinpoint Citations and Formatting Guide
This handout reviews the basics of Pinpoint citations, including a breakdown of what a pinpoint citation is and what information they contain.

Associated Press (AP)

Associated Press Style Guide
This handout reviews the basics of AP style, with a focus on the most common style questions. It also includes a link to the online AP Stylebook.

 

Writing an Essay: Step-by-Step

Essay Basics

Brainstorming
This handout offers some suggestions to help you start coming up with ideas for that next paper. It offers an overview of a couple of common brainstorming strategies, as well as worksheets to help you generate ideas.

Choosing a Topic
This handout can help guide you as you turn your brainstorming into a paper topic, including how to use research to your advantage in narrowing your topic down.

Organizing an Essay
This handout offers a simple outline that you can use as a guideline as you decide how to organize your essay.

Introductions
This handout details the different types of "hooks" you can use in an essay, as well as offering suggestions of how to move from your hook to your thesis statement.

Thesis Statements
This handout offers examples of both strong and weak thesis statements, and offers suggestions of how to make a thesis statement more specific.

Body Paragraphs
Coming soon!

Conclusions
This handout compares weak and strong conclusions, and offers suggestions of how to use synthesis to make a conclusion more complex.

Additional Essay Guides

Academic Writing Checklist
This handout is a checklist containing some of the more common "academic writing" mistakes, which can be used as a guide to help you as you revise.

Summarizing and Paraphrasing
This handout reviews the differences between summarizing and paraphrasing, and shows how they can be utilized within your paper.

Avoiding Plagiarism

This handout offers a quick overview of plagiarism, along with some tips and tricks regarding how to avoid it.

 

Grammar and Mechanics

Punctuation

Commas
This handout breaks down the different types of phrases and clauses that can make up a sentence and looks at how commas can be inserted between them.

Punctuation Patterns
This handout expands on the comma handout by looking at the difference between sentences that need commas, semicolons, or neither.

Apostrophes
This handout looks at how to use apostrophes to make nouns possessive.

Sentence Structure

Active Voice vs. Passive Voice
This handout looks at the difference between active and passive voice, offers examples of when each is preferable, and explains how to shift from passive voice to active voice.

 

Specific Topics

Academic Assignment-Related Guidelines

Professional Writing Color Strategies
This handout lists the four color strategies used in Professional Writing Assignments, along with the techniques used with each color.

Annotated Bibliography
This handout details two main types of annotated bibliographies and has a worksheet that you can use to help you take notes on your resources and plan a rough draft.

Using Ethos, Pathos, and Logos
This handout explains the difference between ethos, pathos, and logos, and offers examples of each.

Creative Writing

Writing Dialogue
This handout offers suggestions and tips for writing dialogue, along with a few examples of strong and weak dialogue.

Resumes

Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose Guide
This handout breaks down the organization of personal statements and statements of purpose and offers suggestions of what kind of information can be included in each one. 

Sample Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
This handout is a sample C.V., which offers a suggestion of how to format a C.V. and what information can be included in it.

Cover Letter Writing Guide (from FGCU's Career Development Services)
This guide from Career Development Services offers a detailed explanation of cover letters, along with sample formatting and suggested words to use.

Resume Writing Guide (from FGCU's Career Development Services)
This guide from Career Development Services offers a detailed explaination of resumes, along with sample formatting and suggested words to use.

Sample Resume for Freshmen and Sophomores (from FGCU's Career Development Services)
This sample resume offers an example of how Freshmen and Sophomores can format their resumes.

Sample Resume for Juniors and Seniors without Relevant Job Experience (from FGCU's Career Development Services)
This sample resume offers an example of how Juniors and Seniors who do not have much experience in the field they are applying for can format their resumes.

Sample Resume for Seniors and Graduate Students with Relevant Job Experience (from FGCU's Career Development Services)
This sample resume offers an example of how Seniors and Graduate Students who have experience in the field they are applying for can format their resumes.

 

Computer Shortcut Guides 

PC Computer Shortcuts

This handout provides shortcuts for PC computers.

MAC Computer Shortcuts

This handout provides shortcuts for MAC computers.

 

Additional Campus Resources

Library Reference Desk
For help navigating the FGCU databases and finding sources.
Library West, first floor
(239) 590-7630 | libref@fgcu.edu
Mon-Thurs 9-9, Friday 9-5, Sat & Sun 1- 5

Career Development Services
For help with developing resumes, cover letters, and C.V.'s, and preparing for job interviews.
Cohen Center 160
(239) 590-7946 |  careercenter@fgcu.edu

Communications Lab
For help practicing speeches and presentations.
Reed Hall 151
(239) 590–7369