Frequently Asked Questions
The following are some common questions from students regarding the UPM program, assignments, and the writing process. If you are unable to find the answer to your question here, please feel free to visit any of our UPM's during office hours. They will be happy to help you out!
Q: How do you cite sources within the text using MLA formatting?
Single author: Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Loren 263).
Three or fewer authors: The authors state, "Tighter gun control in the United States erodes Second Amendment rights" (Nelson, Brown, and Moore 76).
More than three authors: Legal experts counter the argument by noting that the current spike in gun violence in America compels law makers to adjust gun laws (Jones et al. 4).
Married couple authors: The militia was considered a “good and able-bodied force” (Miller and Miller 89).
Q: How do you cite sources within the text using APA formatting?
Three key elements: author’s last name (or authors’ last names), year of publication, and page number
Single author: Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Loren, 1998, p. 263).
Two authors: The authors state "Tighter gun control in the United States erodes Second Amendment rights" (Nelson & Brown, 2000, p. 76).
Three to five authors:
- First time you cite the source: Legal experts counter the argument by noting that the current spike in gun violence in America compels law makers to adjust gun laws (Jones, Smith, Michaels, & Thomas, 2000, p. 4).
- Second time you cite the source: Legal experts counter the argument by noting that the current spike in gun violence in America compels law makers to adjust gun laws (Jones et al., 2000, p. 4).
Six or more authors: The militia was considered a “good and able-bodied force” (Miller et al., 2003, p. 89).
Q: How can I eliminate excess words from my research paper?
A: Delete doubles (any and all, first and foremost),
Delete ideas that are implied (true facts, free gift),
Use positive statements in place of negative ones (not replaceable changes to irreplaceable),
Use adverbs in place of adjective and noun pairs (It was done in an accurate manner. changes to: It was done accurately.),
Remove the word “that” unless it is necessary for meaning.
Q: Where is the UPM office located?
A: 210 Harrington Tower.
Q: How do I check out a book from the UPM library?
A: Come to the UPM office (Room 210 in Harrington Tower) and check one out in person from our bookshelf. All you have to do is type your name, email, what book(s) you check out, as well as your course and instructor on the library spreadsheet. When you return a book we will simply cross off your information from the list.
Q:What books can I check out from the UPM library?
A:There is a wide array of books for you to check out from our library. We have many multicultural books, which are a requirement for all RDNG 371 courses. There are many great books to use for any writing intensive course assignments, especially Literary Elements projects. We also have some children's books, all of which are Caldecott medal award winners. Come by and check out our library!
Q: How long can I check out a book from the UPM library?
A: Books are available to check out for two weeks at a time and can be renewed only once for another two weeks. The only exception to this rule is if you can prove from your syllabus that you need to keep the book longer for an assignment. You are only allowed to have two books checked out at a time.
Q: What are the proper MLA formatting guidelines?
A: The Purdue Owl website is a great reference for proper MLA formatting! http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
Q: Do I have to make an appointment to see my UPM during his or her office hours?
A: No. The UPMs will always be in the office during their office hours unless they have notified the entire class otherwise. In this case, your UPM will ask another UPM to take his or her office hours to ensure that there is always someone who is able to answer questions during those designated hours. You are welcome to drop by at any time!
Q: Can I only go to my designated UPM for help?
A: No. If another UPM has office hours that work better with your schedule, you are welcome to use them as a resource! All of the UPMs are somewhat familiar with the writing intensive assignments and would be happy to help you!
Q: Can I take assignments for other courses to the UPM office to be reviewed and edited?
A: No. Our program only focuses on the writing intensive courses for the education department at A&M. This allows us to truly understand each assignment given by professors in order to help students refine their work in the most successful way. Because of this, we do not have time to review other work during office hours.
Q: How do I contact my UPM?
A: Your UPM will visit your class during the first week of every semester. There, they will give your there contact information, including their TAMU email. Feel free to use this email, or contact your UPM via the mail option on elearning. If you would like to come see your UPM in person, feel free to stop by the office during office hours, which are posted on the TAMU UPM facebook page and the office door (Harrington Tower room 210).
Q: How do I order from the UPM Scholastic fundraiser?
A: If you would like to order some books, please fill out the order form located at the back of the pamphlet, which was handed out in class. On the order form please include your name, your professor name, your class and section number, and your email.
Scholastic orders must be paid in check form. Please make all checks out to Scholastic Book Clubs.
These are the ages for each catalog:
Arrow- 4th-6th grade
TAB-7th grade and up
The order due dates will be announced by your UPM or posted on elearning for each month.
Please bring your order form and check to the UPM office (EDCT (Harrington Tower) room 210).
When the books come in, you will receive an email to come and pick them up from the UPM office.
Q: I’m making a lot of comma errors in my paper. When is it appropriate to use commas?
A: There are essentially four scenarios where using a comma is appropriate. A good acronym to remember these scenarios is CISI.
C- When you are writing a compound sentence with a coordinating conjunction (fanboy).
I- When you use an introductory word or statement.
S- When you create a series.
I- When you use an interrupter.
Q: What should I do if my paper appears full of symbols when I try and turn it in to CPR?
A: Do not submit your paper! The best thing to do is start the process over again. See if you made a mistake in the HTML formatting, and if symbols still appear contact your UPM. They should be able to help you get your paper into the system correctly.
Q: What book should I use for my Literary Elements Project?
A: Newbery Medal and Honor books are great choices for this project. They usually have all of the elements that are identified in this project and are a great read! Our library in the UPM office is full of these books for you to check out, or you can go to http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberyhonors/newberymedal for a complete list of all the Newbery Medal and Honor books.
Q: What happens if I have one peer review of my paper that is significantly lower than the other two? Will that bring my grade down?
A: Once peer reviews and comments have been submitted, we can see in the system where there are significant discrepancies in the grading of a paper. If we find a paper that has received one review that seems off, we will access your paper and read it over to determine if the low grade was unwarranted. If so, we will adjust your grade in our grade book, though this change will not appear on the CPR website. Do not worry about this happening- it will only affect the reviewer’s grade on the peer review process if they assign an unfair grade to your paper!