By learning about standard assignments, writing techniques, and other important information about the composition process, you can become a better writer and achieve more effective analysis in your work.
Types of Papers
Different courses and assignments require a range of diverse skills and techniques that may not apply to every type of paper or project. Learn about a variety of different types of assignments (such as compare/contrast, summaries, book reviews, and research papers) and how to approach them more effectively.
As You Write
A successful writing project requires a process, a set of stages or goals the writer should be aware of. Learn about important aspects of a writing project (such as voice, introductions, and conclusions) to shape the project and develop a strong purpose and tone.
Sentences & Paragraphs
While most of you are likely aware that an essay requires major sections like an introduction and conclusion, it’s also important to construct paragraphs with strong structure. Learn about methods to form well-developed, focused paragraphs.
Using and Citing Sources
Instructors across all curriculum typically require you to conduct research to contribute to academic projects. Learn about effective strategies for such a project as well as how to use source material appropriately, including a range of citation styles (APA, MLA, and Chicago).
Grammar & Punctuation
All college-level assignments are expected to illustrate standard grammar and punctuation skills. Learn about the most common confounding forms of grammar and punctuation (such as comma usage and run-on sentences) to ensure every academic project is presented well.
The Academic Resource Center has developed resources to help you understand plagiarism and develop techniques to avoid it. Learn about academic integrity to promote success in academics, regardless of educational or cultural background.
Writing Center Hours
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10am - 7pm
10am - 5pm
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