Make the most of your library
The Canisius College Library has a lot of great resource material and people to help you find what you need. Please ASK if you need assistance.
Main Floor: Help Desk, Reference Books, DVDs, Curriculum Center, Leisure Reading, Graphic Novels, Best Sellers, New Books, Database Access, and Reserves
Upper Floor: Quiet Study, Circulating Books call number A-N, and the College Archives/Special Collections
Lower Floor: Circulating Books call number Q-Z
Canisius is a member of ConnectNY (a consortium of libraries within New York State whose members have created a combined catalog of their collections). Circulating books are requestable by current students, faculty and staff.
Do not forget to check out other related guides
Some interesting information
She manipulated the garment in a cogitative mode.
High School Vs. College Writing
High School Writing vs. College Writing (from Temple University Writing Center)
First year college students nearly always struggle with the transition from high school writing to college writing. Often, this struggle occurs because college professors have different expectations regarding structure and argument than are usually found in high schools. College writing differs most significantly from high school writing in the following ways:
In high school, you may have been taught to construct five paragraph essays and other short forms of writing. College writing sometimes uses the five-paragraph essay as a starting point, but often pushes students to break out of the limits imposed by such a rigid structure. This introduction-three-supporting-points-conclusion strategy simply isn't practical for all assignments. If you feel comfortable with the five-paragraph format, use it to start out with, but be prepared to explore alternative strategies if and when necessary.
In high school, you may have learned to include a thesis statement in your papers, usually somewhere near the end of the first paragraph. Most college writing also depends on thesis statements, but they may look very different from the statements you are used to seeing and writing. A typical high school thesis statement might look like this: In this paper, I will discuss Abigail Williams' motive in The Crucible. A typical college thesis, on the other hand, might look more like this: In The Crucible, Abigail Williams denounces Elizabeth Proctor and other women from her village in an attempt to win John Proctor for herself. As you can see, the sample college thesis statement sets up a specific argument and takes a position on that argument. In addition, it gives the reader some warning regarding the kind of evidence to expect in the remainder of the paper. Readers will expect, at minimum, information about the relationship between Abigail and John, between Elizabeth and John, and between Abigail and Elizabeth.
A research paper in high school might have involved collecting information from Yahoo! or Google and re-presenting that information in a book-report format: research for research's sake. College research papers are nearly always argument-based: you collect evidence in order to make a point, not just to prove that you found five sources. Moreover, college papers require a different level of source material. While the Internet can be a great research tool, college students need to learn the difference between unreliable "free web" sources and more reliable "fee web" sources. Anything the library pays for through subscription service is generally an acceptable research source. Books and peer-reviewed journals are even better.
Though it varies by professor, most college papers are typed, double-spaced, with one-inch margins all around. They are usually in 12-point font, either Times New Roman or Arial. Unless professors specifically ask for one, papers are usually submitted without a cover page; similarly, college papers rarely include plastic binders and other types of folders. Graphics, such as charts or clipart, are sometimes permitted, but they should be professional looking and do not count as page space.
These books are available at the Canisius College Library:
- The easy essay handbook : a writing guide for today's students / Jane E. Lee, Lindy A. Ferguson PE1413 .L37 2004
- The good writing guide for education students / Dominic Wyse P211 .W97 2006
- The Essential Guide : research writing across the disciplines / James D. Lester, Sr., James D. Lester, Jr LB2369 .L47 2008
- The Allyn & Bacon guide to writing / John D. Ramage, John C. Bean, June Johnson PE1408 .R18 2006
- On writing well : the classic guide to writing nonfiction / William Zinsser PE1429 .Z5 2006
- College writing : a personal approach to academic writing / Toby Fulwiler PE1408 .F8 2002
- On paper : a course in college writing / H. Wendell Smith PE1408 .S594
- Rhetoric for survival; aids to successful college writing PE1408 .D63
- Writing, a college handbook / James A.W. Heffernan, John E. Lincoln PE1408 .H438 1994
- Effective writing for the college curriculum / [edited by] Robert Atwan, William Vesterman PE1417 .E36 1987
- The Oxford guide to writing : a rhetoric and handbook for college students / Thomas S. Kan PE1408 .K2728 1983