Welcome to the Academic Resources page for the school of Business and Graduate Studies (BGS). On this page, you will find a variety of resources to further your academic performance and to prepare for your real world career. If you have suggestions, please forward them to your program chair or advisor. These resources were featured on the BGS syllabus template.
Academic Support Services
Trinity’s Academic Services Center offers assistance with topics such as scholarly writing and time management to name a few. It can take 24- 48 hours to schedule a session so please plan in advance!
- Academic Services Center
- Tutoring Services – Tutoring is free and confidential!
- Writing Center Assistance
- Math Assistance
- Please contact your advisor or Program Director/Chair
- Ask Dr. Math – A question and answer service with a searchable archive by level and topic. Provided by the Math Forum at Drexel University.
- Math Anxiety Diagnostic Test – If you have math anxiety, take this Math Studies Skill Inventory or check out the Suggestions for Studying Math. Provided by the Middle Tennessee State University.
- Professor Freedman’s Math Help – This site provides links to information, study skills tips, and ways to reduce math anxiety.
- Extend Mathematics Resources from St. Olaf’s – This site has resources for educators and students from K-12 mathematics, college mathematics, statistics, calculus, science Mathematics, and Medical Mathematics.
- Business and Economics Mathematics Assistance
- Economics Resources
- Accounting, Economics, Algebra, All Mathematics Video Lessons – Mathematics assistance through FREE online videos from the Khan Academy non-profit education center
Critical Reading Links
- Critical Reading by Dan Kurland – a solid resource for discovering how to understand the intent, message, and logic of written texts; the key to good scholarship!
- Study Guides And Strategies – here you will find a simple chart to assist in critically assessing a written text.
- Critical Reading Toward Critical Writing – University of Toronto’s site for beginning to intermediate critical reading and writing for academic and research papers
- Guide to Critical Reading – University of Colorado’s guide to critical reading at CSU’s Writing Studio. Review some theory and the SEVEN Strategies for Critical Reading
Academic Writing Links
- Vail Tutor – The VAIL Tutor provides an overview of academic integrity concepts and practical tips for avoiding plagiarism. Students are introduced to proper documentation practices and academic integrity policies. A certificate of completion is given to students after successful completion of the online quizzes.
- APA Style Tutorial – APA style is the preferred writing style for Psychology and the Social Sciences. This is the official tutorial from the APA. This has a very informative and content friendly PowerPoint.
- Chicago Style Quick Guide – Chicago Style or CMS is the standard for most publications, journalism, business, and commercial writing. Chicago style is also used widely in literature, arts, and humanities. This is a quick guide, for more information use the OWL at Purdue or use Turabian or the CMS style book.
- The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue – Free writing resource for any type and style of writing. A complete resource on Plagiarism, Citation, and References, a very comprehensive site.
- The OWL Online Research Resources – assistance with conducting research, citing research, and the APA, MLA, and Chicago styles.
- Institute for Writing and Rhetoric at Dartmouth – Many free resources including writing by subject, rhetoric, and academic research in a very comprehensive site.
- Glendale Community College Writer’s Resources – An incredible resource for style, writing guides, plagiarism, writing, and essay, building an argument, finding topics, journals for writers, and more.
Citation Tool Links
There is a citation tool within MS Word in the References ribbon (Tab). However, students often recommend a more advanced tool.
For a Fee
- Perlla – Develop references, citations, and format your paper for APA 6th edition on PC or MAC, currently $39.00
- Endnote – Develop references and citations for your paper for APA 6th edition on PC or MAC; Basic, X7, or iPad versions. Free online version, $113.95, including the student/faculty discount.
- Son of Citation Machine – Landmark’s free citation and reference builder for APA, MLA, Turabian, and Chicago writing and publishing styles.
- Knightcite – The Hekman Library at Calvin College free citation and reference tool. Choose MLA, APA, or Chicago. Then choose the type of source.
- Zotero – [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser
- BibMe – The fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills. It’s the easiest way to build a works cited page. And it’s free.
Argumentation Links: The Heart of Academic Writing
- Aristotle’s Syllogisms – examples of 3 forms of syllogism: the basis of modern argument (Major Premise, Minor Premise, Conclusion)
- Aristotle’s Rhetoric –from Cal Poly Pomona’s University Writing Center, the classic basis of arguments: Aristotle’s 3 ways to persuade, rhetorical outline, and 28 lines of Argument. Get out of the rut by going back to the basics!
- Five Essential Parts of an Argument by Connections.org; a great brief on arguments that should not be missed!
- Types of Claims – a handout from Prof. Babin, which discusses the 6 common claims (theses) of an argument
- Toulmin’s Model for an Argument – a quick guide to the model of argumentation that makes any argument as strong as possible
- False (Fallacious) Arguments – List and description of the common false arguments
- Toulmin’s Model Plus the common warrants, which support the argument’s claim
Research Links: Writing, Methods, and Data Sources
Please make free use of the BGS Current Students Writing and Research Pages. For additional resources, the following are suggested.
- Hints for Reading Scientific Journal Articles – a quick video with easy to read highlights, and you can pause to take notes!
- Social Research Methods – Online resource for statistics, concept mapping, and more.
- Social Psychology Research Methods – Online resource for methodology, statistics calculators, and more.
- Research Methods Knowledge Base – Research Methods site from the Social Sciences Network
- ICPSR Free Data Sets for Social and Political Science Research from the Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research, free datasets to download into SPSS and from which you can learn about variables and research questions related to most research topics.
- SPSS Free Online Tutorials – Many video and power point presentations to assist you with SPSS.
- SPSS Tutorials by Central Michigan University – Direct link to their table of contents.
- Descriptive Statistics for Research – The All Psych online textbook resource.
- Inferential Statistics for Research – The All Psych online textbook resource.
- Cengage Statistics Workshops – Free online tutorials.
- Making Sense of Statistics by NICHCY – free online tutorials in understanding statistical information.