Does Anyone Really Know How to Use a Semicolon?

by Muranda MendezYou’ve seen them in grammar handouts from teachers, pushed somewhere between warnings on overusing commas and misplacing apostrophes. Maybe you’ve tried to stick one in your essay, checking 10 times to make sure you were using it correctly.  The semicolon has puzzled students for decades. It seems so smart and sophisticated—but how do you … Continue reading Does Anyone Really Know How to Use a Semicolon?

5 Tips to Make Sure You Avoid Plagiarism

by Amanda ClarkPlagiarism: It’s a scary word, and you probably know someone who has gotten into big trouble for it. But with so many writing assignments to do, and so many free resources available, it can be easy to plagiarize accidentally. In fact, there are many “gray areas” of plagiarism that you might not even … Continue reading 5 Tips to Make Sure You Avoid Plagiarism

Smart Tips to Choosing a College

So, you’ve been accepted to college—congratulations! No more gathering transcripts, asking for recommendation letters, stressing over application essays (and running them through a grammar checker), or waiting for responses. But choosing where to go to after you’ve gotten in can be a difficult decision. After all, different schools have different perks, and even if you’ve … Continue reading Smart Tips to Choosing a College

How to Brainstorm When You’re Out of Ideas

We’ve all experienced the mental block that occurs when the well of ideas has run dry. Snap out of staring-into-space mode with these brainstorming tips for infinite ideas generation.Switch Up Your MethodThere are lots of different brainstorming methods to choose from—so if one isn’t working for you, try switching to another. Examples include:1. Free WritingFree … Continue reading How to Brainstorm When You’re Out of Ideas

Which Citation Format Should I Use?

So, you’re writing a paper and want to make sure that you’re citing your sources correctly. Great! Ensuring that you properly cite and reference your sources will prevent lost marks—or even a failed paper, or worse—for accidental plagiarism. However, in order to correctly cite your sources, you first need to know which citation format to … Continue reading Which Citation Format Should I Use?

New: Check Any Paper for Grammar and Plagiarism with BibMe Plus

We’re excited to announce the release of our brand new BibMe Plus grammar and plagiarism tool! It’s simple to use and provides you with the writing help you need, when you need it.We’ve all been there. Those strenuous hours, pouring over research assignments, compiling notes, creating APA or MLA style citations, and writing until our … Continue reading New: Check Any Paper for Grammar and Plagiarism with BibMe Plus

What’s the Difference Between an Abstract, Summary, and Annotation?

With so many different terms related to citations (e.g. MLA format, footnotes, abstract, etc.), it can be difficult to understand how each one could fit into your paper. Let’s take a look at a few of the most commonly confused citation terms, and ways that you can properly use them in your work.What is an … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between an Abstract, Summary, and Annotation?

Is it Effect or Affect?

Writing a paper has many challenges. You may wonder, what should my topic be? Are my sources credible? Should that be an APA or MLA website citation? How’s my grammar?Have you ever faced the dilemma of whether to choose “effect” or “affect”? Perhaps you thought you selected the correct one but were informed it was … Continue reading Is it Effect or Affect?

Writing for Fun & Money: Spring 2018 Essay Contests

As 2018 gets underway, students may be looking to bolster their resumes or earn some extra cash. For students who enjoy writing, essay contests offer the perfect opportunity to hone those writing chops, get work published and even win prize money. Although sorting through the many online writing contests and determining your eligibility can be … Continue reading Writing for Fun & Money: Spring 2018 Essay Contests

What’s the Difference Between They’re, There and Their?

By Devon BrownSay the words aloud and they all sound the same, which can mean big trouble in writing. Even a master can make a mistake because we often write what we hear in our minds unconsciously. Below are a few tricks to help you remember the differences between this tricky trio.  They’re: A Contraction of … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between They’re, There and Their?