Loyola University Chicago

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Student Academic Services

Writing Resources

These resources are intended to help you enhance your writing and avoid plagiarism.

Writing Resource Websites

Meet with a Writing Tutor

Loyola's Writing Center has writing tutors who you can meet with to help you at any point of the writing process—from brainstorming, to organizing, to putting the final touches on a bibliography. They believe the best way to become a better writer is to discuss your paper on a global scale before discussing specific issues like grammar or punctuation. As a result, they do not "correct" papers; instead, they collaborate with the writer. With this approach, they hope to provide assistance that is beneficial to your overall writing development.

Grammar Resources & Links

These links can help you improve your grammar and assist you in answering questions regarding grammar and writing mechanics.

Style Guide

The following sites will give you information on how to write and format papers in various different styles such as MLA, APA, and Chicago.

Writing for Specific Subjects

The Dartmouth Writing Program website has a plethora of materials on writing paper's for the major academic fields: the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. These sites and the sites listed below also contain more detailed information on writing for specific disciplines like Biology, History, English and more. Other resources on writing for specific subjects can be found here:

The Writing Process

Below are some resources that can help you with the writing process:

Plagiarism (as defined by Loyola University Chicago's policy on Academic Integrity)

Submitting as one's own:

  1. Material copied from a published source: print, internet, CD-ROM, audio, video, etc.
  2. Another person's unpublished work or examination material.
  3. Allowing another or paying another to write or research a paper for one's own benefit.
  4. Purchasing, acquiring, and using for course credit a pre-written paper.

The critical issue is to give proper recognition to other sources. To do so is both an act of personal, professional courtesy and of intellectual honesty.

Plagiarism on the part of a student in academic work or dishonest examination behavior will result minimally in the instructor assigning the grade of "F" for the assignment or examination. In addition, all instances of academic dishonesty must be reported to the chairperson of the department involved. The chairperson may constitute a hearing board to consider the imposition of sanctions in addition to those imposed by the instructor, including a recommendation of expulsion, depending upon the seriousness of the misconduct.

Example of plagiarism