Turnitin detects plagiarism in your research paper

Turnitin (“turn it in”) is a web-based service that college admissions offices and teachers use to check for plagiarism in a college admission essay or term paper. More and more college students are plagiarizing essays and research papers.

Turnitin checks for plagiarism in students' essays and research papers. (Credit: Vasudev Singhchawla)

Turnitin checks for plagiarism in students’ essays and research papers. (Credit: Vasudev Singhchawla)

While cheating and plagiarism have been around for centuries, easy access to the web makes copying, purchasing, sharing and pasting papers far more easy. Turnitin began as far back as the 1990s. Read more

College students — Tips for going back to school

It is time, yet again, to gear up for classes. As you head back to college, you may feel like you need a refresher course and some tips in studying and university life. Maybe you are even worrying about selecting a major.

There are many helpful tips that will make college a bit easier for you. (Credit: Ella Brittingham)

There are many helpful tips that will make college a bit easier for you. (Credit: Ella Brittingham)

Whatever your concerns or needs are as you head back to campus, there is a back-to-school guide out there that can help. Here are some consolidated tips for going back to school—prepared!—for college students. Read more

Launch of Questia Writing Center set for August 26th

As a college student, there are many challenges you face on a daily basis, ranging from lack of sleep to juggling a full-time class schedule with a part- or full-time work schedule. There never seems to be enough hours in the day, and while there is no way to change that (at least not that I’m aware of!), Questia is here to make your college experience a little bit easier with our NEW Writing Center. Because, College is hard… Writing research papers doesn’t have to be!

What is the Questia Writing Center?

On August 26, 2014, the Questia Writing Center will go live at Questia.com. Read more

Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Academic Journals, Oh My!

Are the terms scholarly journals, peer reviewed journals, and academic journals synonyms? Or, are they as different as lions and tigers and bears?

Scholarly, peer reviewed and academic journals aren't too different from three well-known characters from The Wizard of Oz. (Credit: Saku Takakusaki)

Scholarly, peer reviewed and academic journals aren’t too different from three well-known characters from The Wizard of Oz. (Credit: Saku Takakusaki)

Frankly, I think the three terms are distinctions without a difference. All of these periodicals typically publish scholarly, peer reviewed, and academic articles. Or, should I say that all of these publications generally serve as forums for the introduction and presentation for scrutiny of new research, as well as the critique of existing research? Read more

Online courses: What college students should know

Sitting in classrooms for four years is no longer the only way to get a college education. Use of online courses has exploded in recent years. According to a report by the Babson Survey Research Group, Pearson Education and the Sloan Consortium, about one in three college students takes at least one online course, up from one in ten in 2002, and online enrollments grew 9 percent from 2010 to 2011.

With online courses, you can attend class anywhere. (Credit: GreatDegree.com)

With online courses, you can attend class anywhere. (Credit: GreatDegree.com)

The explosion of online courses

Higher education has entered the digital age with a bang. The University of Phoenix may be the best known school to offer off-site and online degrees, but other schools are quickly joining it. Read more

How to power through your summer reading list

Summertime—a period when college students get to kick back and just relax. Who cares if you forget half of what you learned during the last semester, right? Not so fast, doing some summer reading will not only keep your brain sharp, but also give you a head start on classes in the fall.

You can still enjoy the great outdoors while you finish your summer reading list. (Credit: presta HertzaHaeon)

You can still enjoy the great outdoors while you finish your summer reading list. (Credit: presta HertzaHaeon)

No one is saying you have to read War and Peace, but the benefits of adding some of the written word into your diet of sun and fun from June through August may just outlast your tan. Here are some things to consider when creating or selecting your summer reading list. Read more

Make a pit stop for your career during your summer road trip

When you finally finish college you’re going to face a lot of competition out there. Career planning now will give you an advantage. Some things to do would include job shadowing, attending job fairs and even taking a field trip to visit a company that interests you.

Take the next step in your career while taking your summer road trip. (Credit: CEHD)

Take the next step in your career while taking your summer road trip. (Credit: CEHD)

Summer road trips can be combined with job hunting and checking out future employers. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Read more

Cheating in college and what’s being done about it

Cheating on college campuses has been a problem for many years. College students cheat on midterms, a final exam or term paper for many reasons, usually to improve their college GPA or to “get through” a class they find uninteresting. Colleges and universities are taking notice and taking action to dissuade college cheating and improve student success.

One of the many cheating techniques college students use. (Credit: The Atlantic)

One of the many cheating techniques college students use. (Credit: The Atlantic)

Why students cheat

Researchers say that two-thirds of college students engage in some form of cheating. Read more

How to write the perfect resume for your job search

You have just graduated from college – or are about to – which means it’s time to prepare yourself for the real world and create a resume. If you have never created a resume before, it can seem like a daunting process.

Finding a job is easier said than done, but with the right resume you will greatly help your chances. (Credit: SnagAJob)

Finding a job is easier said than done, but with the right resume you will greatly help your chances. (Credit: SnagAJob)

Thankfully there are plenty of available resources available to help guide you. Choosing just one, however, is the more difficult part. Here we will take a look at some best practices to follow when putting your resume together. Read more

How to enjoy summer and still keep your mind sharp

While you’re sleeping until noon and hitting the beach this summer, don’t let summer learning loss affect your memory and ability to learn. Even for students in higher education it’s important to keep your brain as well as your body active over the summer.

You can still enjoy the beach while taking summer courses.

You can still enjoy the beach while taking summer courses.

You don’t have to be a nerd or an overachiever to get some benefit out of summer learning. College students can get a head start on next semester’s classes, study abroad, check out an online schedule of classes or delve into a summer reading list. Read more