The Art of Citation: A Series, Part 3

This is our third and last post about citations during the writing process. We’ve now talked about developing a working references page while gathering sources and adding context to that working references page. Our third and final strategy focuses on organizing our materials. Step three:  Organize your sources and quotations by ideas. Use a double …

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The Art of Citation: A Series, Part 2

Last post, we chatted about incorporating citation into your early writing process. Citing while writing improves your research, makes the writing process more efficient, and saves you from the last-minute formatting scramble. Now that you’ve developed a working references page, you’re ready for the next step. Today, we’re going to look at adding context of …

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The Art of Citation: A Series, Part 1

Writers think about citation several different ways: the antidote to plagiarism, another hoop to jump through for professors and publications, and, frankly, sometimes just as a pain. Citing your sources doesn’t need to be painful. The reason writing a works cited page or bibliography can feel like walking over hot coals after a marathon is …

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#2bORnot2B: Meme of the Week – Commas Save Lives!

This week, we're talking about commas again. Remember: Commas can do more than save Grandmas...but they're a great example. giphy.com They can... surround the name or title of a person directly addressed, Grandma, why are you looking at me like that? giphy.com Note: The sentence could also read “Why are you looking at me like …

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Quick Tip #17: Keep a Writing Notebook

While this PhD Comic was just released this week, that illustration summarized much of my first graduate school experience years ago - I had great ideas but forgot them as soon as I tried to add them into my papers.  Frustrating, right? A few years later I went back to graduate school for a creative …

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Virtual Workshop: How to Write a Killer Introduction

The Writing Center is a hive of activity these days with all of our new tutors and all of their new appointments times in the WCOnline! But we're always looking for more ways to serve our students and so we're adding a new resource to our YouTube channel.  As our free workshop series kicks off tomorrow, September …

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Why Go to the Writing Center?

The Writing Center is open again - hooray! And as our reservation system on the WCOnline fills up this week, one name we might not yet see among our appointment is yours. Why should I go to the Writing Center you might be asking yourself. Maybe you're thinking you're too shy, scared, embarrassed (or other …

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Ask A Specialist: Tutoring is like . . .

Happy Labor Day! In our first "Ask a Specialist" feature for the new school year, we decided to be philosophical and ask about the nature of the work itself. What metaphor would you apply to tutoring? How would you describe your work? Let's see what some of our tutors had to say: Tutoring is like... …

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The Writing Center is almost Open!

Today's the first Writing Center meeting of the year as we get ready to help YOU with your writing needs starting on Tuesday, September 5th!  Start signing up for appointments now on the WC Online! What's in store for us this year? -- We've got lots of great new types of posts coming to The …

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A Spartan Sneak Preview: The Writers are Coming!

A few years ago, I asked a writer friend of mine to visit one of my first-year writing classes. She came for a full session - offering a short reading, Q&A, and a talk about the writing life. My students loved her. One of the first comments someone said after she left was: "I didn't …

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