In-Class Presentations

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Avoiding Plagiarism



Telling students not to plagiarize is important, but showing them how to avoid plagiarism and exactly what that means is often just as important. This presentation provides examples of what plagiarism is, how to avoid it, and how to write effectively using multiple sources. In addition, the presentation addresses common concerns such as the definition of common knowledge, how to avoid plagiarism when paraphrasing, and when and how often to cite. The presentation can be customized according to discipline if desired.


Chicago Style/Turabian



This presentation explains when and how to use Chicago/Turabian style correctly in a paper. The necessary components of the style paper are detailed, as well as the requirements for each. These components include the title or cover page, the correct format for the body of a paper, how to properly use and cite quotations, the importance of integrating sources, the correct format for in-text citations, how to use headings, and how to properly format the bibliography. Example reference list entries of the most common types, including those for electronic sources, are included. A complete paper in Chicago/Turabian format is available as a handout.


Communicating in the Business World



In addition to summarizing the importance of effective business communication, this presentation provides a brief overview of business communication regarding the many categories that the topic encompasses. The presentation begins with a brief description of the benefits of effective business communication and how this task can be established. After these points, the focus of the presentation moves toward examples and tips for effective verbal and written business communication.

Examples covered under verbal business communication include presentations, meetings, conferences, conversations and interviews. Formatting and tips for emails, letters, memos and executive summaries are included under written business communication. Handouts of sample formats for business emails, letters, memos and executive summaries are available.

The conclusion of this presentation focuses on the positive impact effective communication can have on new professionals starting work in the business field. An individual reflection activity and a group writing activity are included as supplements for this presentation.


Email Etiquette



Electronic communication is quickly becoming the primary form of communication for much of modern America. However, due to the informal nature of emails, many people disregard the fact that what they send out electronically could potentially be forwarded to hundreds of people. This presentation focuses on the importance of remaining professional when composing work-related emails, specifically discussing how to format and punctuate emails appropriately so that messages are conveyed accurately. Included are several tips and suggestions to make sure that emails are sent and copied to the proper people and to ensure that the tone, salutations, and closings are appropriate.


Essay Organization



Planning and organizing an essay can be a daunting task, especially if one does not have the proper tools. This presentation breaks essays down into introductions, thesis statements, body paragraphs and conclusions, and gives strategies for writing each.


Getting Started



Many students confess that the most difficult aspect of writing a paper is getting started. This presentation gives students specific questions to ask themselves before beginning and then gives techniques such as brainstorming, free writing, and clustering to help them actually begin the process. It concludes by showing how to bring the cluster of ideas into an organized outline.


Integrating Quotations in MLA Style



College freshmen often understand that they need to include quotations in their papers; however, understanding that they need to be included is much different than understanding how to properly include them. This presentation discusses how to avoid plagiarism and how and when to use and integrate quotations properly utilizing MLA Style.


Introductions and Conclusions



Introductions and conclusions are often the most difficult part of a paper to write; however, they can often be the most crucial as well. This presentation shows students how to begin and end with good impressions that will cause their readers to be more interested in the paper as a whole. It also shows how the introduction and conclusion can be used to guide the body of the paper.


MLA Format



This presentation discusses what MLA Format is and when it is appropriate to use this type of format. It also includes how to avoid plagiarism and how and when to use and integrate quotations properly. There is a final section that discusses in detail how to cite references in a text and how to create a Works Cited List. Only the most common examples are included.





Nothing is more common in college writing than incorrect punctuation. Commas, semicolons, colons, and apostrophes are widely misunderstood and misused. This presentation explains when and how to use these pesky punctuation marks.





A primary purpose of college is to prepare students to succeed in their future careers. In order to succeed in a career, however, they have to first be hired. This presentation and packet gives students information on writing effective résumés and includes samples and tips on both basic and advanced résumés. Also provided is information on how to write a vita, along with handouts on action verbs and worksheets to help students brainstorm concerning information included in the presentation and packet.


Scientific Writing



This presentation discusses the proper format and writing style for scientific papers, giving specific, detailed instructions and examples. It also includes a sample lab report and other helpful handouts for students to use.