The Writing Center
Writing Center appointments are held in ARC rooms 06 and 04R in the Cardinal Cushing Library.
Professional writing specialists as well as peer tutors provide support for the writing process, from the initial topic choice to the final draft.
Why might I need a writing specialist?
- Do you need help brainstorming ideas and methods for your upcoming paper?
- Do you clearly understand your writing assignment?
- Do you need help with your thesis statement?
- Is your argument clear?
- Does your paper support your argument?
- Do your points follow each other clearly?
- Are your paragraphs coherent?
- Do you need help with revising?
- Do you need help combining and rearranging sentences?
- How good is your conclusion?
- Are your quotations and citations correct?
If you answered, "I don't know!" to any of these questions, you may need an appointment with a writing specialist.
Getting the most from your appointment.
Set your agenda:
- Review the assignment.
- Make a list of what your paper needs in order to fulfill the requirements.
- Read your draft and your teacher's comments, preferably more than once.
- Look over any comments your instructor wrote on your last paper.
- Highlight sections of your draft that you would like to work on.
- Write down your questions and ideas for revisions.
Decide which one or two issues you want to concentrate on:
- Choosing a topic?
- Developing a thesis?
- Sentence structure?
- Word choice?
- Introductions and conclusions?
Bring with you:
- The assignment sheet.
- The work you've done toward a draft, typed, spell checked, proofread, and printed out.
- Your professor's comments and suggestions.
- Useful materials. For instance, if you are writing an essay on a play by Shakespeare, bring along a copy of the play and any secondary materials you might be using.
During the appointment:
- Participate in the dialogue. Ask questions to clarify points.
- Make corrections directly on your paper.
- Be open to suggestions. Be ready to revise or reformulate your ideas or approach.
- Make another appointment.
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- Bartlett's Quotations
- The English Server
- My Virtual Reference Desk
- American Psychological Association (APA) citatation and format styles
- Modern Language Association (MLA) format and style guide