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Academic Resources


 Academic Integrity


All students are required to abide by university and SPA honor codes regarding academic integrity. The links below detail these policies as well as how to spot and avoid plagiarism.

Workshop: Avoiding Plagiarism

UC Denver Academic Integrity for Students

UC Denver University Honor Code Policies


 APA Citation and Format


Classes at SPA require the use of an accepted documentation and formatting style. Most SPA professors require students to use the American Psychological Association (APA) style. The links below present the essentials of APA, including paper formatting, in-text citations, and creating references pages.

APA Presentation (slides)

APA Workshop (video)

APA cheat sheet (two page handout)

OWL Purdue APA


 Grammar and Syntax


Grammar, syntax, and mechanics can be tricky. The links below provide detail on common issues faced by SPA students.

OWL Purdue--Active and passive voice

OWL Purdue--Grammar

OWL Purdue--Punctuation

OWL Purdue--Sentence variety and syntax


 Literature Reviews


Literature reviews are essential elements of many papers, including the capstone. The following links detail how to create literature reviews.


I:  What are literature reviews?

II:  How to use the Auraria Library to find sources

III: Creating sections

IV: Examining published literature reviews


Crafting a literature review (slides)


 Methods Assistance


 Preparatory Materials


These sources are helpful guides to the underpinnings of many economics, governmental, philosophical, and statistical concepts discussed in classes at the School of Public Affairs

SparkNotes: Basics of American government

Washington University: Basics of economics (1)

Khan Academy: Basics of economics (2)

UCLA Statistics

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy--Political Philosophy LSAT Prep Course Reviews


 Research Assistance

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