Academic Writer is a complete digital environment, created by the American Psychological Association, for teaching, learning, and writing academic papers in the social sciences and other academic disciplines.
LEARN: Use the Learning Center to find video quick guides and tutorials to help you get started and refine your research and writing.
REFERENCE: Use the Reference Center to find tools to assist you with building and managing a reference library.
WRITE: Use the Writing Center to select an APA Style paper template, collaborate with peers and reviewers, and check your work.
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AMA Manual of Style is the publication manual of the American Medical Association and defines the writing and citation/reference styles for use in journals published by the American Medical Association. It is widely used in universities as the appropriate citation style for medicine and medical-related disciplines. The online edition has links to proper medical nomenclature and information about points of style that have changed since the last print edition in 2007. Also available are quizzes about making citations and how to write in an appropriate style that reflects ethical and legal concerns surrounding scholarship, authorship, and human subjects research.
More than a print journal, Education Week’s online platform is updated weekly with new articles, informational and instructional videos, webinars, and more. Special sections on technology, market trends (K-12), and job searching are also included.
Westlaw Next Campus Research has three parts: legal materials, a comprehensive collection of news media sources, and business news and information.
The Legal Research database provides access to federal and state cases, briefs, statutes, regulations, and legislative materials. It also provides access to legal analysis from national journals and law reviews, as well as legal reference materials (encyclopedias and dictionaries).
The News sections provide comprehensive coverage of international, national, and regional newspapers, news wires, magazines, television and radio news transcripts.
For Business, the Company Investigator provides business intelligence. Researchers can also easily access the EDGAR Filings & Disclosures of publicly held corporations that do business in the U.S.