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Know the Difference and How to Cite: Paraphrase, Summary, and Quotation

When given a writing task, the directions often require you to use evidence to support your ideas and admonish you to be sure to “cite your sources.” But what does that mean and under what circumstances must you cite the ideas of others in your own writing? How to Insert the Words of Others The...

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Determining Fact Vs. Opinion

The ACCUPLACER® Next Generation Reading Test will measure your ability to discern the difference between a fact and an opinion. Although this may initially seem to be a straightforward task, many writers try to muddle the differences between the two, presenting opinions as though they are facts. ...

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Using Transition Words in Writing

Whether it is an informal piece or a formal one, writing requires a certain cadence to be understandable and compelling. Although much of this is achieved through the mere delivery of information, there are some aspects of writing that help clarify a given topic, such as word choice, the use of c...

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Unlocking Unfamiliar Words When Reading: Context Clues and Word Parts

Reading a text with unfamiliar or challenging vocabulary can be difficult and can affect your ability to fully understand what you’ve read. But authors aren’t generally in the business of intentionally confusing their readers, so they’ll often give hints about tough words in the surrounding text....

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Using Rhetoric in Writing

Although the term rhetoric can have a negative connotation in today’s world, with one side of an issue or ideology accusing the other of spewing “empty rhetoric” in a debate, rhetoric is actually a key aspect of persuasive communication. With roots dating back to the ancient Greeks, as philosophe...

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Know the Difference and How to Cite: Paraphrase, Summary, and Quotation

When given a writing task, the directions often require you to use evid…

Determining Fact Vs. Opinion

The ACCUPLACER® Next Generation Reading Test will measure your ability …

Using Transition Words in Writing

Whether it is an informal piece or a formal one, writing requires a cer…