Writing Center

Loyola University Chicago students take English core classes to gain better writings skills early on in their college careers. One resource that many students use and find helpful is Loyola’s Writing Center. The Writing Center helps students at any stage of the writing process.

Whether you’re writing a thesis, need help proofreading, or assistance creating an outline, they can do it all! The Writing Center is located on the second floor of the Information Commons. Students seeking services can make appointments online and come in to discuss their papers with English majors and writing professionals, but the best part about the Writing Center is you do not have to leave your dorm or apartment. Students can also Skype with the Writing Center or get feedback via email. The staff are very helpful and look forward to working with you to improve your writing along your Loyola journey.

-Caroline Casey

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Prevent Debit Card Fraud

Ever experienced Debit card Fraud? Well… your bank card might be a target for Hackers to defraud you. Click here to learn more about hot to protect your bank cards from fraud.

Submitted By: Chibuza Anaeto

Lifelong learning helps develop persistence – Anonymous

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OS Updates

Have you been prompted to update your operating system software? Updating your device improves the general performance of the computer and the updated software is a vital component to actively working to maintain a healthy, active computer. Updated software helps you comply with security protocols and optimize the hardware.  Subsequently, you are installing security patches designed to prevent your information from becoming corrupt on site.  Additionally, optimization allows output with less power consumption, fewer bugs and faster performance. Essentially, the life span of your computer increases with the installation of legit software updates. Lastly, keep in mind, proper and timely software maintenance helps reduce the likelihood of having to purchase a new computer in shorter time frames.

Have a PC? Click here to find out which OS is installed.
Have a MAC? Click here to find out which OS is installed.

If you have questions about OS updates, checkout Microsoft’s website: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12373/windows-update-faq

If you have questions about OS updates on your MAC, checkout Apple’s website: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201541

Submitted By: Aparna Gollakota

Taking time to reflect helps us become wise – Anonymous

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Clearing Cache

Having trouble accessing a certain website, but still have Internet access? You might need to clear your browser cache. On an Windows machine, an easy shortcut to clear the browser cache on Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer includes selecting CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE simultaneously. A Delete Browsing History prompt will appear and you can choose what to delete. On Mac computer (any web browser), navigate to History and select Clear History.

Submitted By: Aaron Bauer

Take a few minutes to pause – Anonymous

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Google’s Video Calling

Google released its own high-quality video calling on both iOS and Android. Want to learn more? Check out this link: https://duo.google.com/  

Submitted By: Julia McCauley

We do not remember days, we remember moments – Cesare Pavese

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Tracking Behavior and Identification

As cyber security and the reliability of passwords decreases, fingerprint and retinal scans are becoming increasingly more popular. However, a newer form of biometrics is also making its way onto the market: tracking behavior as a means of identification. Read more here.

Submitted By: Katherine Philbrick

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention ~ Oscar Wilde

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Atomic Learning

Technology is constantly progressing every day. As you get older you might have noticed it is emerging into dynamics you wouldn’t have even imagined when you were younger. We’re living in the future now and as you come out of graduation and move into your career, you will realize the extreme necessity to have vast background knowledge with technological installations within many workplaces. Almost every job requires employees to know the basics of Microsoft Word, Excel, etc. For example, Word might be used to create letterhead whereas Excel may be used to display statistics within the company or even create the employee schedule.

Therefore, it is a good idea to have a good background on these programs as well as any others you think you might be exposed to. Checkout Atomic Learning for more information.

Submitted By: Kyla Hawkins

Embrace technology – Anonymous

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LUC Print Stations

Looking for some tips to reduce printing costs? Do you need to print from your laptop to one of Loyola’s 35 print stations? Find a list of the LUC print stations here  …courtesy of the Digital Media Lab.

Submitted By: Bill Christides

Celebrate greatness – Anonymous

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Trusted Research Sources

As you move into advanced to upper level science classes, the course work requires you to review pieces of science news or research and apply what you learn. So how do you find a credible piece of information to either help you learn, or support your ideas? Use scholarly articles or accredited sources. Your best weapons are school databases or google scholar. These articles, while much more difficult to read, will give you the walk through of actual research going on. There is trust in the source! So when you are looking for information, maybe google it first and get some ideas for keywords, but always gather your actual information from a research database!

Submitted By: Valencia Panczyk

Research is creating new knowledge – Neil Armstrong

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Slow PC? A Couple Tips…

Does it take forever for your computer to start up? Here are some quick easy
steps to try:

  1. First thing is to look at how many programs start in the background when you start up the computer.
    1. If this is a Windows 7 computer, you can go to the start menu located on the bottom left corner. In the search bar type “msconfig.exe.” Select the search results then go to the Startup tab. To prevent a program from starting up with Windows, select the “check” box located next to the desired program so there isn’t a check mark in the box. Click OK once you have made your choices. (WARNING: Please do this with only with programs that you have installed.) Afterwards, you will be prompted to restart your computer to make those changes – you can skip this if you have things to do but please note those changes won’t happen until a restart is complete.
    2. In Windows 8 or 8.1 or 10 you need to go to the Task Manager via right-clicking on the Taskbar. When Task Manager is open, go to the Startup tab and then use the Disable button to disable programs. 
      1. If after you are done with streamlining your start up programs, you need to look at your Recycle Bin, does it have lots of files? If so, go through it and see what files can be deleted. If you know all files can be deleted, right-click on the bin and select Empty Recycle Bin.  Afterwards, it will prompt you, select Yes.

        Hopefully, these steps help you. 

Submitted By: Aaron Bauer

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow – Edward Teller

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