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The Center for Writing and Academic Achievement

The Center for Writing and Academic Achievement is located on the 3rd floor the MacPhaidin Library in Room 314.

As of Tuesday, September 8, the Center is open the following hours for drop in appointments.

  • Sunday  7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Monday  Noon to 11:00 pm
  • Tuesday Noon to 11:00 pm
  • Wednesday Noon to 11:00 pm
  • Thursday  Noon to 10:00 pm

The Center for Writing and Academic Achievement offers additional tutoring at the following locations and times during the semester:

Chemistry tutoring in the Petti Atrium  Sunday through Thursday, 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Math tutoring in the Math Lab - Duffy 118  Tuesday adn Thursdays, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Please see the Center for Writing and Academic Achievement for the complete subject tutoring schedule.

Phone numbers and email addresses for the Center for Writing and Academic Achievement are:

Devon Sprague, Director

Susan Wall, Coordinator









Why Should I Cite My Resources?

Why Cite Resources ?

  • Citations allow readers to locate and further explore the sources you used to develop your thoughts and outcomes expressed in your paper. They are a measure of the depth and scope of your research.
  • Citations are the method used to give credit to authors for their ideas and research.
  • Citations provide the evidence for your arguments and establish your credibility by ?? that you have searched for and considered a number of resources during researching and writing of your paper.
  • Citing enable you to have your own original ideas and outcomes standout from the other's research.
  • Citing is standard practice in the world of academia.

What is a citation?

A citation is a way you inform the readers that certain materials in your paper came from another source. It also gives your readers the information necessary to find the source. Your citation should include the following. This information will be needed to create your footnotes and bibliography.

  • Author
  • Title of work
  • Place of publication
  • Publisher
  • Date published
  • Page numbers where the material is located.

When do I need to cite?

You need to acknowledge whenever you borrow quotes or ideas   The following are when you need to cite:

  • Whenever you use direct quotes.
  • Whenever you paraphrase.
  • Whenever you use an idea that someone else has already expressed.
  • Whenever you make specific reference to the work of another.
  • Whenever someone else's work has been critical in developing your own ideas.

Which Style of Citation Should I Use?

 How to write out your citations will depend on what your professor requires you to use. Each discipline has its own style. There are many styles used in academic writing with APA, Chicago and MLA being the most common styles used on the Stonehill Campus. 

AAA - (American Anthropology Association)  Online version available see the Online Style Manual Tab

ACS - (American Chemical Society)   

APA  - (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association)   

APSA - (American Political Science Association) Online version available see the Online Style Manual Tab

ASA - (American Sociological Association) Consult the manual located in the bookcase at the Citation Center

Chicago  -  (Chicago Manual of Style)

CSE -  (Scientific Style and Format)  

MLA - (Modern Language Association)





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