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: 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 office door and in the Hours section of this website.
Q: How do I order from the UPM Scholastic fundraiser?
A: Please check out the Scholastic Orders tab under Learn More.
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 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.