Academic Toolkit

While it’s normal to feel stuck and unsure of your ideas while completing an assignment, it’s important to begin with a general plan to be efficient and use strategies to overcome the inevitable roadblocks. Below are helpful tools and resources you might consider when preparing to complete major assignments in this course. If you have further questions, post a question in the Q&A Forum in eClass to see if your peers have any tips.

Taking Notes

As discussed in the Academic Reading section, it’s helpful to annotate course readings.

Consider using or another application such as Evernote to take your online notes. Before selecting a tool, test it out and see if it works for your needs. If you use pen and paper, use a strategy such as colour coding similar themes.

Using Chicago Style

Chicago documentation style has two versions: Author-Date and Notes-Bibliography. The linked guides contain helpful examples for citing in-text citations, structuring bibliographies, and honouring academic integrity. If you have any questions about using Chicago style, consider booking an online appointment with the U of A Writing Centre.