An Adviser's Top Three Suggestions
- Make sure you thoroughly understand the instructions for your writing assignment and the basis upon which you will be graded.
- Allow yourself enough time to do the research for the paper or to complete the reading assignment. Also allow thinking time to begin organizing your materials; what you want to say and how you want to say it. Outlines are very helpful for this purpose.
- Great writers are not born that way; they become great by practicing their craft. An ability to write well can be one of your greatest assets. Make it a priority to develop this skill.
Help on Campus
There are lots of places to go for help in this area. First, you want to check out the Writing Center in 300 Bessey Hall. A consultant will work with you one-on-one to brainstorm, organize your ideas and polish a rough draft. Call the Grammar Hotline (432-3610), Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Learning Resources Center in 202 Bessey Hall offers assistance on the Reading/Writing Connection.
A frequently overlooked source of help is the instructor who assigned the paper. Consult your instructor for help with clarifying ideas, making an outline, and reviewing a first draft.
The University takes the issue of academic integrity very seriously. All of these resources, especially your instructor, can help you to understand how to avoid unintentional plagiarism.
Help on the Web
Just about everything you want to know about writing is covered here from beginning to plan your writing assignment to doing the final bibliography. Links to the online manuals of styles for the American Psychiatric Association Formatting and Style Guide (APA) and the Modern Language Association Fomat (MLA) are also provided.
The Internet Public Library site, for high school and college students, not only guides you through the process of writing a research paper, but also helps you research your topic on the web.
This dictionary site gives access to several English language dictionaries, a thesaurus, quotations, and a translator.