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Research & Writing Help

Research Help

Check out the Library's new online orientation. It provides students with all of the information necessary to begin using the Brooklyn College Library.

Citation Resources

Learn about MLA, APA, and other styles, as well as RefWorks and other citation mangement tools.

Writing Annotations & Summaries

A brief overview of the process of writing annotations for a bibliography, from the OWL at Purdue University.
A detailed guide to writing annotations, including many examples, from Lawrence University.

Write the Paper

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue is a great place to start for guidelines on research, writing, grammar, and citation styles (MLA and APA).

This website from the Internet Public Library provides a step by step guide for researching and writing a paper.
Need help with a particular topic? Talk one-on-one with a peer tutor at the Learning Center in Boylan Hall.

Duke University's Thompson Writing Program is a great place to find information and guides about writing in specific academic disciplines as well as different genres of writing (annotated bibliographies, cover letters, etc.).

This classic reference book, available in full text online, explains the principal requirements of plain English style, as well as the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly broken.
This guide, by Professor Jack Lynch of Rutgers University, is a compendium of grammatical rules and explanations, comments on style, and suggestions on usage.

How to Paraphrase and Quote Other Authors

This CUNY guide explains plagiarism and academic honesty.

Need help with a particular topic? Talk one-on-one with a peer tutor at the Learning Center in Boylan Hall.
Advice on how to paraphrase, when to give credit, and deciding what is common knowledge, from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL).
From the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University, this resource offers advice on how to avoid plagiarism in your work.
Guidelines for recognizing acceptable and unacceptable paraphrases to help you steer clear of plagiarism in your work, from Indiana University.
Guidelines for research, writing, and citing sources, from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Academic Integrity & Plagiarism

The Brooklyn College Library adheres to the College's policy on academic integrity. Please use this link to find more information on the CUNY-wide policy on academic integrity.

Learning Center Tutoring Help

Learning Center Tutor at the Library

Need help with your writing, grammar, mechanics and style? The Learning Center will have a tutor in the Library this semester to help you.

Here are the dates/times the tutor will be available. We strongly suggest you make an appointment by emailing LCLibraryTutor @

All sessions will be in room 142, on the First Floor of the Library.

Tuesdays 12:00-3:00pm
Wednesdays 5:00-7:00pm
Thursdays 12:00-3:00pm
The tutor will be here to work with students on their writing skills, and writing skills only for all subjects (but there is no subject-specific tutoring, like math or chem homework help): grammar, style, thesis development, etc.

Questions? Contact Matthew Harrick (Library), 718-758-5209, or Rich Vento (Learning Center), 718-951-5821.

To make an appointment, email: LCLibraryTutor @