Have you heard about our NEW Write & Cite app? Now you have!

Writing research or term papers is one of the most terrifying experiences for many college students – I see you nodding your head “yes.” So, why don’t we try to make your life a little bit easier… at least in terms of helping you write a research paper.

If you like having a personal writing tutor at your fingertips, as well as an inexpensive and easy to use resource for your college writing needs then you should be using the new Write & Cite app. Read more

College paper tips to improve your writing

Crafting a good college paper (one that nets you an A+!) can be a challenge.

Improve your writing for your next college paper. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Improve your writing for your next college paper. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Whether you doubt your writing skills or simply like to procrastinate (that would be my problem), here are some tips for how to improve your writing. Read more

Celebrity A-Team – Create your Celebrity Group Project Members

Group projects are the worst. You’re either stuck with an assigned group your instructor forced you into, or you blindly ask to be in a group for the sake of not being the last one picked. Either way, you’re stuck with these students until the project is over, and worst of all, your grade relies on them.

Which celebrity would you include in your group project?

Which celebrity would you include in your group project?

Since you’re probably procrastinating right now, why don’t we step in the realm of la-la-land and dream of your ideal group for your project? What if you could build a team of celebrities for your group project like they do in Celebrity Apprentice? Here are a few suggestions of our own: Read more

Did you know? Freedom of speech and hate speech aren’t the same thing

You might think that being a college student in America you’d be protected under the First Amendment if you choose to exercise your right of freedom of speech, even if that meant you were addressing your opinions on tough topics often considered hate speech, right? Not necessarily.

It's important to fully understand freedom of speech. (Credit: imgflip.com)

It’s important to fully understand freedom of speech. (Credit: imgflip.com)

Did you know that freedom of speech and hate speech on campus are not supported the same way, even though both are protected by your rights under the First Amendment? Read on for more information on how some college campuses distinguish between the two. Read more

Trending worldwide: March in Paris, historic event for French

The attacks on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which posted images of Islamic extremists in its newspaper January 7, 2015, have sparked support and is trending worldwide as millions marched in Paris at a historic event for the French, January 11, 2015.

People hold signs and the French flag as they gather at the Place de la Nation during the Unity rally Marche Republicaine on January 11, 2015 in Paris. (Credit:  Martin Bureau)

People hold signs and the French flag as they gather at the Place de la Nation during the Unity rally Marche Republicaine on January 11, 2015 in Paris. (Credit: Martin Bureau)

Here are the facts of what’s happening so far and how you can follow along via social media sites to keep up on the latest. Read more

Creative writing tips to improve academics

No matter what your major is, it might be fun to take an Intro to Creative Writing course. In addition to studying literature and Expository Writing, learning how to write and think creatively can improve all aspects of academics.

Creative writing can greatly improve one's learning skills. (Credit: garyvarvel.com)

Creative writing can greatly improve one’s learning skills. (Credit: garyvarvel.com)

When you practice creative writing exercises, you are learning problem solving and discipline. Here are some creative writing tips and methods for writing fiction. Read more

Expository writing for better research papers

Every college student needs to take expository writing to learn how to write clearly and concisely for an academic audience.

How many college students feel when writing a research paper. (Credit: Memesly.com)

How many college students feel when writing a research paper. (Credit: Memesly.com)

Expository writing provides instruction on writing an essay, research paper or term paper. Here is an overview of expository writing and some writing tips.  Read more

How to search for images to use in research papers and blog posts

When using another person’s image, be sure to provide credit to the original source. (Credit: Joanjoc)

When using another person’s image, be sure to provide credit to the original source. (Credit: Joanjoc)

Students who want to add images to their research papers and portfolio examples must be aware of the rules about copyright. When creating web-based content your image search will be easier now that Getty Images has made thousands of their photos available for free. You can even use the images when creating a blog post should you be so inclined. It’s important that students know the rules associated with taking images from the web and using them in their own work. Here’s the run-down on how things stand today.

Image search gets easier

Many students maintain a blog and website where they can promote their work. It’s always nice to have professional quality images to add to the sites’ appeal. In March 2014, Getty Images announced that it would make 35 million images available for free. There are a few conditions, however. The use of the image must be non-commercial and you have to embed the image with a special code. Read more

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Right now you’re probably more acclimated to the new semester and are getting a solid start on the projects and research papers your professors have assigned….or so we hope. Regardless of where you stand, CengageBrain.com wants you to know that they are still here to help you get your classroom essentials for that big paper you have due next week. In fact, there is another college supplies deal being offered that might make you want to get started on your assignments.

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The consequences of buying a term paper from a custom writing paper mill: Plagiarizing by any other name

If you’re going to use someone else’s work, always remember to cite the source. (Credit: Dahn)

If you’re going to use someone else’s work, always remember to cite the source. (Credit: Dahn)

Many a student facing a deadline has thought about buying their term paper from a custom writing service, also known as a paper mill. But what they may not realize is that if they turn in that paper as their own work that they will be plagiarizing or committing an academic crime. When plagiarism is detected then the consequences can be quite costly for the student.

Rate of incidents of plagiarism

Plagiarism, or using other people’s writing and ideas without giving them credit, has increased over the past decade according to Pew Research. Plagiarism.org found that in a survey of more than 63,700 undergraduate students that: Read more