The ACS (American Chemical Society) citation style guide uses color-coded citation examples to assist chemistry students in converting MLA and APA citations to the ACS citation style. The MLA and APA citation styles are widely used in college courses, and many students are familiar with those styles. This guide makes citation in chemistry courses simple by giving examples of frequently referenced resources.
This resource is a detailed course outline for ELSI 043: English for Academic Purposes II, a three-hour non-credit developmental English writing course designed for international freshmen at the University of Illinois Chicago. The course outline is a companion document for the OER textbook Integrated Skills: Academic Writing with Sources (UIC, 2021).
The focus of the text is on interacting in various ways with academic sources and popular articles, including paraphrasing, summarizing, responding to arguments, and using sources to support and develop your own ideas. Each chapter focuses on a specific type of writing you will be doing in the course and provides scaffolded practice to help you build the skills necessary to successfully complete that type of writing.
The major writing assignments that make up this course were specifically chosen in order to target writing skills that can be applied to various writing contexts. The writing skills you practice in this course can also be applied to other courses in which writing is assigned, such as summarizing a textbook chapter, responding to written opinions, locating and evaluating academic sources, and composing an argumentative research paper.
This little booklet, put together based on experience, can be a helpful guide to students to avoid potential traps around plagiarism and paraphrasing - after all, plagiarism needs not be deliberate and more often results from a lack of knowledge than from an intention to cheat. Although the topic of plagiarism should be standard material for every beginning student as one of the key competences all students should possess, I noticed that far from all students have ever seriously thought about, or actually learned about, the concept. The booklet does not provide you with a detailed account of plagiarism definitions, nor with lengthy elaborations on the ethical or moral considerations behind the concept. Instead, the aim is to provide students (as well as fellow teachers) hands-on insights into what plagiarism is, how it can be traced and how it can be avoided.
Students are asked to submit a written response after:
1. Discussing a controversial issue in class.
2. Reading and discussing an article about the issue.
3. Watching and discussing a video about the issue.
A brief infographic and description of the five basic steps of the Writing Process: prewriting, drafting, workshopping, revising and editing, and submitting.