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Want some tips on how to use commas, write an essay, or find articles at the library? Use the handouts below!
Are you losing points on your assignments because of grammar mistakes? Here are a series of lessons that will teach you the basics of English grammar, from types of words to common sentence errors and how to fix them.
Each lesson below contains a series of short explanations and examples, followed by practice exercises. These exercises will test you on what you've just learned and provide instant feedback on your answers. You can complete these exercises as many times as you like. Although it's not necessary, we recommend completing the lessons in the order indicated below.
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Finding & Accessing Books
Searching for Books
Limit your search to "UNB Libraries" if you don't have time to order materials from other universities, or search "Libraries Worldwide" if you do.
The appearance of an ebook and the way you navigate it depends on which database that ebook is stored in. Some ebooks are downloaded as files; most are viewed online with the help of a clickable table of contents, and either a scroll bar or navigation arrows. Here are 4 different glimpses of what an ebook may look like.
Checking the Availability of a Print Book
Before you go to the library, be sure to check whether the book is available and which library it is located in (UNB has 5 libraries, including one in Saint John). Write down the call number, too -- that number will help you find the book on the shelf.
Requesting a Book
If a book is not currently available at UNB, or is available but located in Saint John at UNB's Hans W. Klohn Commons library, you can request that a copy of that item be ordered in for you. (Please note that some fees may apply.)
First, find the item by searching for it in the WorldCat catalogue. Then follow these easy steps:
Finding & Accessing Articles
Finding Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Before you search for articles, you have to figure out which subject area would be researching your topic (e.g. Psychology, Sociology, English Literature). Then you select an article database that specializes in that subject. When you select a database, you will be brought to a new search screen where you can enter your search terms.
To ensure that your results only include good quality academic articles, limit your results to Peer-Reviewed Journals only.
Accessing Full Text
When you search a database, you are searching for records of articles, not for the articles themselves. Luckily, many databases contain the full-length articles, too. If the database you are searching in has that article, a PDF or HTML icon usually appears below the article record. Click on these to view the article.
Checking for Full Text
If the full text version of the article isn't available in the database you're searching in, check for the full text elsewhere. (The search engine will try to locate the article in another database that the library has access to.)
Requesting an Article
If you check for the full text and it is not available, you can order a copy of the article through Document Delivery by following these steps. (Please note that some fees may apply.)
Formatting Papers in Word 2010
Setting a Default Font
Choose and use the right font from the start.
Changing Font in an Entire Document
Make sure your font uniform after you've finished typing your paper -- especially if you have been copying and pasting from different documents.
Adjusting Line Spacing
Most style guides require you to double-space your document, without having any extra spaces between paragraphs. To do this, you must adjust Word's settings.
Inserting Page Breaks
Page breaks let you stop and start a new page without having to hit Enter. They're very useful in separating your title page and bibliographies from your main document.
Inserting Headers for APA Papers
APA format requires you to have a different running head on your first page and continuous pagination throughout your document. Here's how to do this:
Inserting Headers for MLA Papers
MLA requires that your last name and the page number appear in the top right of each page.
Stop hitting Enter + Tab! Save your sanity and several keystrokes by using this shortcut.
Indenting Block Quotations
If a quotation runs longer than 3 lines (for MLA), is 40 words or more (for APA), or is 100 words or 6-8 lines long (for Chicago), then you need to put the quotation within its own paragraph and set it off from the rest of your text by indenting it. There are 2 ways to do this:
Use Word's footnote function for in-text citation or to include extra information.