Writing Center Offers Research Paper Workshops

Posted: April 12, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Probst

Beginning Monday, April 16, the Writing Center will host its popular series of free workshops to help students working on research papers.

The workshops are held twice each semester. Three sessions focus on the mechanics and writing of research papers and one session focuses on writing personal statements.

According to Assistant Director of the Writing Center Anna Habib, the personal statement workshops – where students prepare statements for graduate school or scholarship applications – usually have the highest attendance.

“But we would like to encourage other students to attend the research paper workshops because the information they learn can be very useful to them,” she adds.

Habib says the Writing Center sees a wide range of common mistakes. Usually these mistakes involve citation style, source integration and synthesis, and formulating a thesis statement. However, because more than half of those who visit the Writing Center are non-native English speakers, syntax and grammar are often the writer’s main concern and consequently the tutor’s focus.

“These workshops can expose students to the types of things they need to be thinking about during their research and writing process,” says Habib. “Students should look at these workshops as supplements to their classroom lessons.”

Below is the schedule for the Research Paper Workshops:

Workshop 1: How to Evaluate, Document and Cite Sources

Monday, April 16, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Workshop 2: How and When to Summarize, Paraphrase and Quote

Tuesday, April 17, 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Workshop 3: Making Your Research Paper Flow

Wednesday, April 18, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Workshop 4: Writing Personal Statements for Graduate School and Scholarship Applications

Thursday, April 19, 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Students who wish to attend the workshops can register by calling 703-993-1200 or just drop in. Workshops may also be taken out of order. Students who have difficulty attending daytime workshops may schedule one-on-one appointments at other times to go over any of these topics.

For more information, see the Writing Center web site.

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