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Writing Resources

While we focus on the formatting side of things, you may find yourself needing assistance with writing, copyright and plagiarism issues, or software issues. We've gathered information and links to USF departments and external websites, in the hopes that it may be of help to you as you write and format your ETD.

USF Library & Other Resources


arrow The Writing Studio at USF | CLICK HERE
Over the past few years, the Writing Center in the Library has become The Writing Studio. They offer workshops, one-on-one appointments (in person, online, and over the phone), and valuable resources for students. They focus on the writing process - organization, brainstorming, assisting with guidelines, citations/references, grammar, punctuation, and much more.
arrow Ask a Librarian | CLICK HERE
USF Librarians are also wonderful sources of knowledge - and they are easy to connect with! Ask a Librarian has several options to get help fast - Chat, Desk/Phone, Email, and One-on-One Consultation.
arrow Help with Copyright | CLICK HERE
As we state in the section on Copyright - it's not always as clear and simple as we sometimes like to think. You may need to figure out how to properly obtain copyright permission, cite something properly, figure out if you even need to have permission to reprint a figure, picture, or written work. Even if you've published your own work, in nearly all cases, you still need permission from the publisher to reprint that work. That's where our librarians who specialize in copyright issues can help! There's a lot of great information on this site, and if you need personal assistance, they are here for you!
arrow Avoiding Plagiarism | CLICK HERE
Another related and serious topic is plagiarism. There's been an increase in cases of plagiarism in both academia and the professional world over the last decade. As information is more accessible and at your fingertips, it's becoming harder to ensure you avoid plagiarizing another person's work. Many times, people don't even mean to plagiarize - it was just a simple mistake that can still have a major academic and professional impact. This guide has some really valuable information and links to help you cite sources, quote properly, and avoid plagiarism!
arrow USF Regulation 3.027 - Academic Integrity | CLICK HERE
I'm sure you've heard of Academic Integrity, but have you ever wondered what the USF Regulations of Academic Integrity say? Violations include cheating; plagiarism; fabrication, forgery, & obstruction; complicity, misconduct in research & creative endeavors; and misuse of computers & intellectual property. This explains all of the processes, repercussions, and guidelines USF uses when these incidents arise.

Additional Resources


arrow Adobe Acrobat Assistance | CLICK HERE
arrow Microsoft Word 2010 Help | CLICK HERE
arrow LaTeX Resources | CLICK HERE
arrow Purdue Online Writing Center (OWL) | CLICK HERE
arrow RefWorks Basics | CLICK HERE
arrow Search for Published ETDs - ProQuest | CLICK HERE
arrow The Elements of Style by Strunk | CLICK HERE
arrow Research & Documentation by Field | CLICK HERE