The College of Arts & Sciences offers workshops to help students develop academic writing skills and understand ethical research practices.

Basic Source-Based Writing Skills

The Basic Source-Based Writing Skills Workshop is a hands-on and interactive refresher on using sources. These two-hour workshops cover student research; ethical and strategic use of sources; summarizing, quoting, and paraphrasing; and how to cite sources both internally and in a Works Cited list in order to avoid plagiarism. Currently, they are being offered remotely. See below.

Interactive Tutorials

Interactive PowerPoint Refresher Tutorials are available on-demand. Contact Dr. Gardiner at kgardiner@ua.edu to ask about receiving work-at-your-own-pace workshop materials via email. Each tutorial contains embedded practice activities for students to complete along the way.

Part One: consists of two non-themed tutorials on “What is Academic Integrity?” and “Can I Use Wikipedia?” These two tutorials will take about 30 minutes to complete, together.

Part Two: a themed tutorial on “Annotation,” a study skill that shows students how to take notes as they read (because often struggles with reading comprehension and poor note-taking habits can lead to poor decisions about source usage). This tutorial will take about 30 minutes to complete.

Part Three: a themed tutorial on “Avoiding Plagiarism,” consisting of  lessons on how to correctly and ethically summarize, paraphrase, and quote from source materials (including how not to patchwrite) and how to cite and document sources. This tutorial will take about 1 hours to complete.

Available themes:

  • Hurricanes
  • The Great Depression
  • Pro Athletes
  • Reading and Writing about Literature
  • Taxidermy
  • Woman Suffrage
  • Epidemics