Writing Center Offers Help on Research Papers

Posted: April 4, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicholas Zinzer

It’s that time of year when students who have been researching a topic all semester come to that moment of truth: the realization that they must finally assemble the information into a coherent research paper with appropriately cited sources.

This is where the Writing Center comes into play. To assist students at this crucial juncture, the Writing Center is offering three workshops this week to help with citing sources, structuring sentences and setting the organizational tone of a research paper.

The scheduled research workshops this week will “assist students who want to brush up on their research skills,” says Terry Zawacki, director of the Writing Center.

The research workshops, open to all Mason students, are for both general research assistance and specific areas of research.

While the Writing Center is a resource of all students, it is particularly attractive to international students. Zawacki says she consistently sees international students use the Writing Center to further their reading comprehension and writing ability. “A whole range of students comes in … including international students who need to brush up on their English.”

The Writing Center is not limited to students. Faculty members may also use the center’s resources.

If students are not able to attend one of the daytime scheduled meetings, individual sessions are available. Students may also drop in for appointments.

The Writing Center will offer “How to Evaluate, Document and Cite Sources” today from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. On Wednesday, April 5, the center will offer “How and When to Summarize, Paraphrase and Quote Your Research” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The week will end on Friday, April 7, with “Making Your Research Paper Flow,” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The workshops will take place in Robinson Hall A, Room 114. For further information, call 703-993-1200.

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