with a reference librarian
We can help you:
Find or narrow a paper topic,
locate appropriate sources,
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment
If you need more help than this page provides, check out Augsburg's Writing Center, on the main floor of Lindell Library.
They can help with all parts of a writing assignment, including:
Before you dive in, take a moment to step back and...
Make sure you understand your professor's assignment.
This might not be as simple as it looks. Imagine yourself summarizing it for a friend or roommate.
Can you re-write or say the assignment in your own words?
Figuring this out now will save you a lot of time and effort later.
You can find many different types of sources here at the library:
Toward the end of your project, you'll start assembling your sources into a
Check the assignment, or ask your professor, to find out which style you should use.
No matter where your information is from, whether a scholarly database or even your personal interview with a source, it's important to document it thoroughly.
You'll find more information on citation styles and why they are important in the next few pages.Using a consistent style reassures your professor, and anyone else who reads your paper or sees your presentation, that your information and opinions are trustworthy.