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Writing Skills

On this page you will find tutorials intended to help you improve some of your basic writing skills at a university level.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Crafting a Thesis Statement

Conquering Plagiarism 

Leveling Up

About the Writing Centre at the Queen's Learning Commons 

Scholarly Sources

The following two videos deal with scholarly sources and help you to learn how to distinguish them from popular sources.

Source: University of Michigan Library

Source: University of Washington Libraries

Formatting Papers on Microsoft Word

The following three videos are on how to format your research papers on Microsoft Word using three different formats; MLA, APA and Chicago Style.

Source: cburyTutorials

Source: Terrence Jorgensen - Kennesaw State University - Psychology Lab


Source: McLane Library Tutorials

Academic Essays

The following videos contain helpful tips on how to write academic essays.

Source: Telephone interview with Dr Jean Jenkins (Cardiff University)

Source: Michelle Bowman of the Effective Writing Center, University of Maryland University College

Active and Passive Voice

The following is a three part series, by Susan Montag, teaching you the difference between active voice and passive voice in writing, as well as how to change it in your paper.