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Writing Help

Writing resources for TEDS/TGS students 

Help on all stages of the writing process, including organization, thesis statements, research, citation, and grammar.


Zotero is a free bibliographic management program that one can use with any of these three browsers: Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. It allows one to download references from Rolfing Search, I-Share, WorldCat, and most of our databases, including ATLA, Academic Search Premier, and PsycInfo. After downloading references, Zotero can be used with its corresponding Microsoft Word (or Open Office counterpart) plugin to create parenthetical references/footnotes and bibliographies in many different citation styles. See our page here for help with Zotero.

Style Guides and Templates

The TEDS standard for all course papers, capstones, master's theses, doctoral projects and dissertations is the TIU Style and Format Guide. The Guide provides writers specific details relative to writing a document acceptable to Trinity. Writers are advised to examine their style and formatting early in their writing process in order to avoid delays in their graduation. For style questions not covered by the TIU Style and Format Guide, consult the Turabian Quick Guide or the Chicago Manual of Style Online.

Style and formatting templates are offered as guides only; note that templates may be changed, even inadvertently. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure all documents adhere to the TIU Style and Format Guide.

TIU style templates

The Thrive Center

The Thrive Center (formerly the USSC) assists students in every stage of the writing process. You will need to schedule an appointment with a tutor. You can call the Thrive Center at (847) 317-8193 or email them at