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"He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to.  It is the means that determines the end."Harry Emerson


Letís get ready for class!


I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. -- Confucius, 551-479 B.C.


Cindyís Favorite Sites to Avoid Plagiarism

Whatever name you want to give it, plagiarism, academic integrity, copyright infringement they all have misplaced the fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.Not to mention, itís against the law as stated in the Grand Canyon University, Institutional Information Document (2015-2016. pg. 3):


Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without

authority constitutes an infringement.


Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be subject to financial penalties. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at Frequently Asked Questions | U.S. Copyright Office


APA Focus

Create a Header and Title Page

APA Game

APA Guidelines by the Staff of OWL

APA 7th Edition Guideline

Setup Word settings to address APA formatting

Changes in the APA 7th Edition

Quick APA Answers on References

Citations Made Easy @ KnightCite

Organize your Research with Google Drive

OWL Website

Sample APA Style Paper

Sample MLA Style Paper


Resources to Prevent Plagiarism

Resources to Prevent Plagiarism

Understanding & Preventing Plagiarism

GCU Student Success Center

Why is Referencing Important


Writing & Research Skills

GCU Learning Lounge

The Writerís Handbook on Parenthetical Citations

Grammarly to Write Better

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Writing Tips

A Research Guide for Students

Research Paper Resources

Merriam-Webster On-line Language Center

How to Write a 5 Paragraph Essay

Writing Resources for Students


Library Research

"Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it."  Samuel Johnson

Secondary Education Research Guide

GCU Library Webinars and Workshops

The direct link to the Library's tutorials


GCU Library can also create a customized online webinar for any class or any particular course.  They can focus on specific assignments, provide a general overview on best searching strategies, and/or review proper APA formatting.  The library would be happy to run it on several days to accommodate everyone's schedules if needed.



Learning Strategies to Succeed in College

Planning for Success: Setting SMART Goals

Developing a Growth Mindset

Freshman Guide to the College Transition

Transitioning Adults to College

Study Guides & Strategies

Study Skills

Study Tips

How Music Can Help You Study

Exercises for Body & Mind

Create a Study Space

Create a Productive Study Space

How to Actually Enjoy Studying

Learning Styles

A Guide to Learning Styles

Test Taking Strategies

More Test Taking Strategies


Keyboarding & Word Processing

College Keyboarding and Document Processing

Microsoft Office Word Tutorials

Create a Table of Contents in Word 2007 (Very similar for 2010 and 2016)

Test your typing skills

Microsoft 365 Trainings


Excel Resources

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

100 Excel Tips and Tricks

100 Excel Functions

100 Pivot Table Tips and Tricks

Excel Blog

Excel Guru

Great Excel Tutorials

Automate Excel

Pearsonís Comprehensive Excel Processing

Online Tips and Techniques

View How 2's (Even though itís pre 2007 the videos are still helpful)

Spreadsheet Templates (Great Templates for Teachers)



60 Sample Business Letters

Email Netiquette Java security settings must have http://www.albion.com added in order to run.



Thank you for a wonderful journey! Your self-learning starts from here!"It is good to have an end to journey toward,

but it is the journey that matters in the end." --Ursula K. LeGuin


Updated 3/20/2023

Email Address: †††††††† Cindy.Barnes@my.gcu.edu or barnes.gcu@gmail.com
Phone Number: ††††††† (480) 685-0116
Postal Address: ††††††† Grand Canyon University





Grand Canyon University. (2015-2016). Institutional Information. Retrieved from http://www.gcu.edu/Documents/Consumer-Information/Institutional-Information-9-30.pdf††