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Open Online Tutorials

Students and faculty can enhance their online skills by taking one of the many open online tutorials available in the e-Lab.


A Quick and Dirty Guideline to Academic Essay Writing Success (1st and 2nd Year)

This tutorial will take you through a few pointers which will help you better prepare for, audition, edit, review, and submit your academic papers. It will provide some fundamental concepts, counter some bad advice you need to unlearn, and give you some final tips on paper preparation. In the end you should be able to begin thinking about how to write and review your academic research papers.



Academic Integrity: Avoiding Plagiarism

Students registered in an Athabasca University course are considered to be responsible scholars. As such, you are expected to adhere rigorously to principles of intellectual integrity. Intellectual integrity is a valuable skill learned by successful students. It is important that you practice and strive to conform to the high standards of academic honesty so you avoid even unintentional errors in judgment; for example, being negligent about citing works, incorrectly documenting sources, or paraphrasing a source too closely or without acknowledgment.

Organizing a History Essay

This tutorial will provide you with an overview of the features, elements, and organization of a history essay. There is no quiz for this tutorial - you will show off your skills when you write your research essay and answer the final examination.


Information Studies

Library Research Skills

This tutorial defines scholarly writings and how to find them in the Athabasca University Library. You will need these skills in order to complete the assignments for most university courses. The tutorial also suggests which library tutorials and study guides you should consult in order to improve your research skills.


Communication Studies

Online Writing

The easiest way to grasp the differences between online writing and feature writing can be found with simple shift of perspective. Think of yourself as a content provider rather than a writer. Explore this tutorial to find some ways to work through the perspective shift you need to become a good writer for online platforms.

The Wall Street Journal Five-box System

It is often observed that it does not matter what system a writer has, only that the writer has a system. Experience has proven that writers without some sort of system tend to be unsuccessful and disorganized. In this tutorial, learners will be taught the Wall Street Journal Five-Box System. This is a system that facilitates ordering and organization of research materials. It is applicable to journalism, academic writing, PR and business writing.