Center for Reading and Writing
The Center for Reading and Writing offers one-on-one tutoring services for writers of all abilities. Assistance is free of charge and professional or peer tutors are available to help with writing issues concerning organization, clarity, formatting, citations, or even generating research and ideas.
In each study
- CRW 101 Time Management, Listening
Do you have trouble setting priorities and budgeting your time? Keeping an accurate record of class lectures and discussions is a foundation for success. In this mini-course, you will practice strategies for organizing and reviewing your own notes before, during, and after classes.
- CRW 102 Reading and Remembering
Do you spend hours reading without remembering what you have read? Reading well requires more than literal comprehension. Build on your ability to analyze and synthesize your own reading assignments. Learn efficient, effective approaches to academic reading.
- CRW 103 Preparing for Tests
This mini-course builds on the skills developed in CRW 101 and 102. Learn to get organized, plan ahead, and create review sheets for each exam. Learn specific strategies for taking different kinds of tests and for coping with test anxiety.
Modern Language Association (MLA) Style Links
- MLA Style Center
- Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL)
- Long Island University's MLA Citation Style website
American Psychological Association (APA) Style Links
- APA Style Online, Frequently Asked Questions
- The Writing Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison APA Documentation
Thesis Statement Resources
- RLC Department guide to Thesis Statements
- A Simple Thesis Equation - by CRW tutor and RLC instructor Kevin Lamkins.
- Hamilton College Writing Resources: Creating a Thesis Statement
Resources for Grammar and Mechanics
Finding Good Sources and the Research Process
- University of Hartford's Mortensen Library
- The Seven Steps of the Research Process - "a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find," from Olin and Uris Libraries at Cornell University.
- How To Guide for Doing Library Research - discussing types of sources, evaluation of sources and databases, where to look, and more at CSU Northridge Oviatt Library.
- FindArticles.com - a free database to find articles in many different disciplines, includes popular and scholarly sources.
Using Sources Effectively
Frequently Asked Questions
A: We don't bite! We're here to help. CRW consultants are friendly and accommodating. Our relationship with you is collaborative, not authoritarian. We go through your paper step by step, paragraph through paragraph, helping you to see how to make your work even better.
A: It's completely up to you. You can come in once, you can come in once in a while, or you can come in often. However, no one will force you to come in if you no longer wish for the assistance. It all depends on your needs and what you are working on.
A: You sure can! CRW consultants are here to help you in any way you need, even with selecting a topic for your work. The "idea generation" stage is just as important as the drafting stage.
A: All writers need readers, even skilled writers who want to refine their writing style. CRW consultants could very well serve as your "reader" to give you a fresh perspective on your writing. This is especially helpful when you've reviewed your paper for the umpteenth time!
A: We really like to read through your paper with you. We find this is the most effective way to offer suggestions for revision and discuss your ideas together. Editing and proofreading them become part of this collaborative effort, one that needs your full participation.