Resources for Writing Papers

A large research project can seem so overwhelming that some students procrastinate, then panic. But if you begin early and break it down into manageable steps and stages, you can survive even the most challenging project! If you start with a topic you like, you'll be motivated to do research and make discoveries. The more material you have, the easier it is to focus and organize it. Then you're less likely to face "writer's block." Finally, the more time you take to revise, edit, and proofread, the more polished your final paper will be. Learn more with our Survival Guide to Research Papers (PDF).

Knowing APA formatting is critical to getting a good grade as an online student. Professors expect correct formatting, and there are many resources for ensuring students understand APA. Our internal website has a document laying out various examples of APA citations, the Brennan Library also has additional resources, as do professors and the Academic Achievement Center.

Moodle Support
Moodle is the platform students use to access their course assignments and to interact with their professors and classmates. It is the online forum through which students will discuss course content, post questions to the professor or their classmates, turn in homework assignments, and receive feedback on their progress. Once a student has enrolled, they will have access to step-by-step instructions on how to best use the instructional technology available at Lasell.

Library Services
These Brennan Library resources are provided to guide you in your course research:

  • Online catalog: Search for books, films, etc.
  • Article databases: Find journal, magazines and newspaper articles as well as electronic books
  • Journal Locator:See if we have "full-text" access to an article you've found that you want to read
  • Interlibrary Loan: Request articles from other institutions

Lasell College uses Adobe Connect to create webinars that stream on-campus events online for out-of-area students as well as to create online tutorials for using our resources.

Graduate Online Orientation
The information provided in the Graduate Online Orientation will help ease the transition to graduate student life. The orientation includes a welcome from the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies and Graduate Program Chairs, who also provide program overviews. Also included is a presentation on the importance of academic advising and degree planning, Brennan Library tutorials and an orientation to Moodle, the Lasell College online course management system. For your convenience, the Graduate Online Orientation is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Lasell's "What If" feature in our Self Service program allows a student to create possible scenarios of the academic plan. The "What If" plan will compare your current coursework against the degree requirements for a different major or minor. The "What If" plan helps match up what you have taken with what you need to take for all programs and degrees.

Learning Styles
Want to know what learning style is best for you? Lasell's Online resources provide information on how best to apply your learning style to online courses. Take our Identify Your Learning Style quiz to find out what kind of learner you are.

Once you have discovered what type of learner you are, it is important to find how this information can best be applied to your course studies. Read our Strategies for Specific Learning Styles to find out how to get the most of your classes.

Technology Help Desk
Students earning their degree online have access to our Technology Help Desk team to answer questions, connect students to our systems and to assist with any technical issues. To support our diverse and growing graduate student body, the Technology Help Desk is available 24/7 by phone (617) 243-2200 and email