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Sourcing 101

Multiple books lined up alonside one another. Source:Collectors Club of Chicago.

It is the bane of every undergraduate student when it comes to written assignments: finding good sources. One of the biggest gripes that new students have is how long it takes to find the correct sources for their paper. Especially in the case of evidence-based writing, finding the right sources and using them, more often than not, takes up more time than actually writing the paper itself. Given these challenges, here a few tips on how to help you find and use those quality sources.

  1. Start early

Introducing your Fall 2018 Peer Tutors

Now that the new term has started, our four co-op students have arrived and are ready to help out at drop-ins and appointments!  Learn more about our new co-op students.

Reflecting on the past

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During these past four months, I have had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of students through drop-ins at the library as well as during appointments at the Writing and Communication Centre. Among the teaching and communication skills that I have learned through this experience, I am also thankful for the lessons learned. Here are a few:

5 super-foods to keep your brain ticking all day

smoothie bowl

What is a superfood? Is it food that wears a cape and fights crime? Yes and no. Superfoods are foods that are nutrient dense. These foods can help you feel energized throughout the day so that you can be productive and skip on the afternoon chip cravings. Some of them also have the ability to fight diseases!

4 reasons to stop comparing yourself to others

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We've all done it. Whether it is through social media or in person, we've all internally wished we were someone else or have externally said "You're so lucky!". Although jealousy is a normal emotion it can consume us at times which has a negative impact. If you've caught yourself doing this, here are a couple of reasons to stop.

Best places to study on campus

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In the midst of exams, the question of where to go study is a daily decision. If you do decide to leave your living space and head over to the UWaterloo campus, here are some of my favourite study spots on campus!

Improve your writing with three easy revisions

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Many students come to the Writing and Communication Centre to see if their writing flows well. Most of the time these students don’t know why, but they feel as though their writing is hard to follow. Here are the top three reasons your work may seem confusing to the reader. 

Affect vs Effect

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6 letters, 2 consonants, and a whole lot of confusion. When the moment to use affect/effect comes, it is often followed by uncertainty and confusion. NO MORE I SAY. Here are some easy tips on how to quickly and painlessly decide which of these words to use.

Going green in the workplace

green bike beside a wall

Being environmentally friendly does not have to be a part-time job at home. Many workplaces are now making efforts to create an eco-friendly workplace. By recently joining the Green Office Initiative led by Sustainability, the Writing and Communication Centre has made improvements throughout our office and learned a few things along the way. Here are some easy tips on how to become a greener workplace.

Getting where you need to be

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"The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something." - Randy Pausch

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