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Fine Arts: Writing, Citations, and Copyright

Writing Help

Writing Center
Phone: 773.508.7708
E-mail: writingctr@luc.edu

Writing Center tutors are available to help you at any point of the writing process—from brainstorming, to organizing, to putting the final touches on a bibliography. Tutors are experienced graduate students in the field of English available to help you become a better writer.

The Writing Center has three convenient locations:  in the IC and the Sullivan Center on the Lake Shore Campus, and at the WTC on the 6th floor of 25 E Pearson.

Though walk-ins are welcome, it is reccomended that you make an appointment.

Visit the Writing Center's site for a step-by-step guide to the writing process. http://www.luc.edu/writing/index.shtml

Citations - The Basics

When instructors ask you to write in a particular "style," they usually do not mean writing style. They are referring to the standardized editorial style researchers in your discipline have adopted to present written material in the field. This editorial style consists of rules or guidelines that a researcher observes to ensure clear and consistent presentation of written material. Instructors will usually indicate which citation style they would like followed for a given paper or assignment. If your instructor has not specified a particular style, be sure to ask which one to use. A great guide to documentation styles and citation specifics is available from the Uinversity of Wisconsin Madison Writing Center here: Documentation Styles. Here's another good guide from Duke: Citing Sources.

Computer-based tools can assist in the citation process. One powerful one is a program called RefWorks (available to LUC students, faculty, and staff.)

Copyright Information

Understanding what copyright is, which information (including images!) is covered by copyright, and how you can fairly use copyrighted information, is an essential skill when doing research. To help you out, here are a few handy tools:

Subject Guide

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