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Drexel Writing Center Resources For Writers

Whether you are a first-year student or a doctoral candidate, you will likely encounter new genres of writing that you must master. Engineers and CEOs alike must communicate their ideas through writing, and even professional writers seek support for developing their skills. The Drexel Writing Center (DWC) offers one-on-one sessions in which writers work with readers collaboratively to develop writing skills and projects. In-person appointments take place at a variety of locations and offer the best opportunity for a productive session. Online synchronous appointments are ideal for students who cannot visit campus, and closely mimic the immediacy of in-person appointments through the use of audio, video and chat. Check out the links below for more specific information about the kind of help you are seeking and the services we provide for Drexel students, staff and faculty.

Information for Undergraduate Students

Walk-In Appointments

The Drexel Writing Center welcomes any student who would like to work on their writing. While scheduling ahead of time is the best way to guarantee an appointment, we also welcome walk-in appointments.

Scheduling Appointments

To make an appointment, please visit our online scheduling system. After you have created an account and signed in, you will be redirected to the calendar to make an appointment. For answers to common scheduling questions, please see the FAQ page. You can also call the Drexel Writing Center during regular business hours for assistance in making an appointment: 215.895.6633.

The Drexel Writing Center offers both synchronous online and in-person appointments to fit your scheduling needs. To indicate what type of appointment you would prefer, click on the appropriate hour for your appointment and select “In-person” or “Online” in the drop-down menu of the information field. For answers to common questions about appointments, please visit the FAQ page.

Information for Graduate Students

Appointments

To make an appointment with the DWC, please visit our online scheduling system or, call the front desk during regular business hours: 215.895.6633.

Though graduate students may schedule an appointment on any DWC schedule, we offer the Graduate Support Schedule as targeted support for graduate writing. To select this schedule, please click on the schedule drop-down menu at the top of the page after logging in to the schedule. Please visit the FAQ page for answers to common questions about scheduling and appointments.

Workshops

The DWC no longer offers pre-scheduled workshops. Instead, we offer classroom workshops tailored to the needs of a specific course. Your instructor may request this via the Faculty and Staff Consultation Page. If you are interested in developing skills addressed in these workshops, please make an appointment for a one-on-one writing consultation on the Graduate Support Schedule on our online scheduling system.

Information for Faculty and Staff

Appointments

All members of the Drexel community are invited to use the Drexel Writing Center for one-on-one writing consultations. To make an appointment please call the front desk during normal business hours or visit our online scheduling system.

If you are working on a lengthy or complicated project that requires more time and attention than our 45-minute appointments afford, please use the Faculty/Staff Consultation Form to meet with a Faculty Fellow.

Workshops

If you are interested in a workshop for your students about one of the topics listed below or a writing topic of your choosing, please contact the Writing Program via the Faculty/Staff Consultation form. We can work with you to tailor any of these workshop topics to the needs of the students in your class, or to develop a workshop on a topic not listed here.

  • Sentence-Level Clarity and Coherence
  • Getting Started and Early Stages of Thesis and Dissertation Writing Projects
  • Writing Abstracts and Proposals for Academic Conferences and Journals
  • Effective Revision (for Large and Small Writing Projects)
  • Integrating Sources in APA Style Writing Projects
  • Writing the Literature Review

Writing Resources

Because citation styles are designed to meet the needs and purposes of particular disciplines, they have varying conventions for documenting sources and formatting research papers.

Faculty and peer readers may not be well versed in the citation style that you as the writer are looking for. Below are sources that our readers refer to during appointments and that can offer help while writing and revising your paper.

There are also links that may help evaluate your writing on a basic level of mechanical issues while revising your paper.

Modern Language Association (MLA) Style

The Modern Language Association (MLA) style is often used for writing in the humanities, especially in language and literature. MLA style features brief parenthetical citations that correspond to an alphabetical list of works cited at the end of the paper.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides helpful information about MLA style and formatting, in-text citations, and the Works Cited page.

American Psychological Association (APA) Style

The American Psychological Association (APA) style is often used for writing in the social and behavioral styles. "The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association" provides guidelines for using punctuation and abbreviations, constructing tables, using headings, presenting statistics and citing references.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides helpful information about APA style formatting, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page.

The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS)

The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) is often used for writing in history, and is also used or has been adapted for some writing in the humanities and sciences. The Chicago Manual of Style provides guidelines for style and usage, documentation of sources, and the preparation of manuscripts for publication.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides an overview of the Chicago Manual of Style.

The Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style

The Council of Science Editors (CSE) style is used in the natural sciences. "Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers" provides guidelines and information about publishing, style and scientific conventions, and elements of publications (including references).

The University of Wisconsin provides useful information about CSE style.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Style

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) style is used in engineering and computer science.

IEEE offers an Author Digital Toolbox with the IEEE Style Manual.

Common Punctuation, Grammar, and Mechanics Issues

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides explanation and exercises that can help writers with common issues of punctuation, grammar and mechanics. This can help multilingual learners who struggle with basic issues of writing. This is also helpful for copyediting your own work:

Purdue Owl General Writing Resources page