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  • Academic Support & Access Center
    202-885-3360
    Fax: 202-885-1042
    asac@american.edu
    Mary Graydon Center, Room 243

    Monday-Friday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

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Writing Tips

The materials listed below are downloadable and address several writing and grammar issues, including paper structure, citations, academic integrity, vocabulary, sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation.

Research Papers & Essays

Introductions

Paragraph Coherence and Unity

Ten Steps to Writing a Research Paper 

Choosing Titles

Conclusions

Citing Sources & Academic Integrity

American University's Academic Integrity Code

Citing Sources

Avoiding Plagiarism

To Quote, Paraphrase, or Summarize?  

Vocabulary & Word Choice

Idiomatic Expressions

12 Ways to Avoid Wordiness

Sentence Structure

Dangling Modifiers

Participle Tense and Dangling Participles

Sentence Fragments

Transitions  

Grammar

Active and Passive Verbs

Appositives

Articles

Gerunds/Infinitives

Prepositions

Punctuation

Comma

Ellipses & Slashes

Parentheses & Brackets

Quotation Marks

The Apostrophe

The Semicolon & Colon