General writing Format varies depending on your field of discipline.  Format requirements also vary among journals.  Speak to your faculty mentor or someone in your college to find out what guidelines you should be following.  Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a great resource for writers. The following are examples of common formatting that are discussed on OWL:

American Psychological Association: APA

Modern Language Association: MLA

Publishing Opportunities

There are publishing opportunities available for undergraduate researchers both within UW-L and nationwide.  For a look at some of the opportunities nationwide see .


Plagiarism is a mistake that many students make on accident.  Please follow this link to avoid committing plagiarism.

UW-L Journal of Undergraduate Research (JUR)

UW-L offers undergraduate students an opportunity to publish their work.  Students may submit a final report detailing the research problem, methodology, data or information gathered, and final results. All students are encouraged to submit products of research and scholarly/creative activities to the Journal. Please consult the manuscript guidelines for information on submitting your final paper to ensure it is in a publishable format for this journal.

The deadline for submission is the last week of May, or within seven days of the completion of final exam week.

If any questions about content and format arise, please do not hesitate to contact the Editor-In-Chief, Scott Cooper, UW-L Office of Undergraduate Research and Creativity, 223 Graff Main Hall, 785-6983,  Final manuscripts must be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word files to Dr. Cooper.

Click here to read previous editions of the JUR or to review submission guidelines.

Click here to review general presentation guidelines