Your Writing

Interested in improving your writing? Some experienced authors de-mystify the process.

Here’s a short description of what I think are the elements of a good essay, and here are some ideas about what to think about as you finish an essay.

Style guides.  You have access to either the Modern Language Association Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, or the Chicago Manual of Style through the New School library.  Here is a link to the Purdue English Department site that highlights important formatting and style conventions from the MLA guide; here is a page with important conventions from the Chicago Manual.

Not sure what plagiarism is? Download and read The New School’s  Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy. You might also want to read these materials from the American Historical Association, and the statement on plagiarism from the Modern Language Association.