Writing Center FAQs

Where is the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is located at five campus locations: Ada County Center in room 1304, Nampa Campus – Academic Building in room 206, Nampa Campus – Aspen Classroom Building in the East Study Nook, Canyon County Center in room 117, and virtually via the Online Writing Lab (OWL)....

How do I improve my paragraph structure and unity?

CWI Writing Center: Paragraph Structure and Unity

Structure and unity are important elements in an essay. Each paragraph should reinforce the thesis statement and match the order of the main points from the thesis statement. Similar to the essay as a whole, the sentences within a paragraph will have an introduction (topic sentence), discussion (body sentences), and conclusion (conclusion/transition sentence).

How do I integrate sources in APA format?

CWI Writing Center: APA Source Integration

Paraphrases, summaries, and direct quotations are used to integrate ideas from other writers. ALWAYS properly cite sources within the text and on the References page to AVOID PLAGIARISM. Please see the Quote Sandwich handout for further information.

Paraphrasing is putting others’ ideas into your own words and doesn’t require quotation marks. Finding synonyms for the words is plagiarism if the sentences are still too similar.

For example: the colors below indicate the pieces of each sentence that match. Even though the words are different, more has to be done than changing the words. The words have to be expressed in a new way.

How do I integrate sources in MLA formatting?

CWI Writing Center: MLA Source Integration

Paraphrases, summaries, or direct quotations can be used to integrate ideas from other writers. ALWAYS properly cite sources within the text and on the Work(s) Cited page to AVOID PLAGIARISM. Please see the Quote Sandwich handout for further information.

Paraphrasing is putting others’ ideas into your own words and doesn’t require quotation marks. Finding synonyms for the words is plagiarism if the sentences are still too similar.

For example: the colors below indicate the pieces of each sentence that match. Even though the words are different, more has to be done than changing the words. The words have to be expressed in a new way.

How do I organize a standard academic paper?

CWI Writing Center: Standard Paper Organization

Introduction Paragraph: The introduction is generally one paragraph long but can be two paragraphs for longer papers – one paragraph for history/summary and one to transition into the thesis statement. Ask your instructor if a one-sentence thesis statement is required.

How do I set up a paper with APA formatting?

CWI Writing Center: APA Quick Formatting Guide

Cover Page: “Running head:” is flush left in the header of the page with no more than 50 characters of the title in all caps. The page number is flush right in the header on all pages. The full title of the paper, your name, and the name of the institution is centered and ten single-spaced lines down on the page.

How do I set up a paper with MLA formatting?

CWI Writing Center: MLA Quick Formatting Guide

Paper and First Page Set-up:

  • Use one-inch margins and double-spacing for the whole document.
  • Use Times New Roman (or a font that does not appear italicized), 12 point font.
  • Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch with the body of the text flush left.
  • Place your last name and page number flush right in the header on each page.
  • Type your name, instructor’s name, course title, and date flush left on the first page.
  • Center the title on the first line below the date with title case capitalization and NO underline, bolding, or "quotation marks."
How do I set up APA web and social media citations?

CWI Writing Center: APA Web and Social Media Citations

Due to the sharp increase in electronic sources, APA has released new ways to cite Web-based sources. Below are some common examples of electronic entries for the References page.

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