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Introduction to the Hallmark University Library

This guide is intended to help familiarize you with our resources and offer guidance on searching for materials.

Welcome to the Hallmark University Library!

This guide is intended to familiarize you with our resources and offer guidance on searching for materials. Be sure to explore all the links below, and remember that you can always email the librarian at

or call (210) 969-7508. 

Library Orientation

The HU Library Orientation Video

This is an introductory video to acquaint new users, particularly students, with the library's resources, services, and facilities. 

Using Grammarly

Grammarly Premium/Grammarly GO

You must request access before you can use the premium services on Grammarly. Email the Librarian and provide your Hallmark University email. ( Grammarly is an intuitive application that can help you with grammar, style, plagiarism, and writing tone. GrammarlyGO is an advanced feature within Grammarly that leverages AI to offer more sophisticated writing assistance. 

Quick References


Academic Writing 

Academic Writing is a formal style of writing used in universities and scholarly publications. It is characterized by a clear, concise, and structured approach to presenting arguments and information.

  • Uses formal language, avoiding slang, contractions, and colloquialisms.

  • Maintains a professional and objective tone.

  • Follows a standard structure: introduction, body, and conclusion.

  • Each section has a specific purpose and should flow logically from one to the next.

  • Supports arguments with evidence from credible sources such as books, journal articles, and reputable websites.

  • Involves multiple drafts and careful proofreading to ensure accuracy and coherence.

  • Attention to detail in grammar, punctuation, and formatting is essential.

  • Proper citation of sources is crucial to avoid plagiarism.

APA Style 7th Edition 

All papers here at Hallmark use the American Psychological Style (APA) 7th edition citation style. This ensures consistency and clarity in referencing sources across various subjects and disciplines. The APA citation style provides a standardized method for formatting papers and citing sources, which helps to avoid plagiarism and maintain academic integrity. Students are expected to adhere to the APA guidelines for citing books, articles, websites, and other sources to give proper credit to the original authors.

 APA Reference Templates & Examples

The APA Student Format Template is a downloadable Word document you can use to format all of your APA papers. This template outlines the format for a student paper in APA. It includes a title page, body section, and reference page example that students can easily adjust to fit their research paper assignments. Font type and size, margins, and spacing are all correct for APA format. Students can download this document and update the information to the specifics of their assignment.

How Do I Use This?

Templates are used to streamline the creation of documents, ensuring uniformity and saving time. When using the template, remember to remove our information and replace it with your own. Yes! You are allowed to remove our information and put your information into the template! 


Additional APA Resources - APA Style, 7th Edition - LibGuides at Hallmark University

 Hallmark University Databases

Find research resources, including databases, websites, and other resources for academic research. Effective searching and the use of academic databases enable students and researchers to access high-quality, peer-reviewed information essential for academic success. By mastering these techniques, you can significantly enhance your research capabilities and productivity.


When in doubt, use ProQuest One Academic for your resource needs.



 How to Evaluate Websites

Checklist for Evaluating a Website:

  • Authority: Who is the author? What are their qualifications? Is the publisher reputable?

  • Accuracy: Are the sources cited? Can you verify the information elsewhere?

  • Purpose: What is the aim of the website? Is there any evident bias?

  • Currency: When was the content published or last updated?

  • Coverage: Does the site cover the topic comprehensively?

  • Design: Is the website professionally designed and easy to navigate?

  • Domain: What is the domain suffix (.edu, .gov, .org, .com)?



HU Library Short Survey