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Center for Writing/Student Writing Support

Writing Consultations
Free face-to-face and online writing consultations, available by appointment and drop-in. 
Writing consultants can help students get started on assignments, see their drafts from a reader’s perspective, prepare questions to bring back to their instructor or advisor, and learn strategies for revising, editing, and proofreading.

Online resources for writers including Information specifically for multilingual writers. 

University of Minnesota Libraries

Peer Research Consultants
Walk-in or make an appointment for help from fellow student with selecting paper topic, developing a thesis statement or research question,  searching library article databases and finding sources (scholarly articles, books, etc.).
Get help with selecting topic, finding scholarly articles, books, using the libraries, etc. in person, by appointment, by email or 24/7 chat.

Minnesota English Language Program (MELP)

Student English Language Support
Make an appointment for free, one-to-one ESL support for international undergraduate students. ESL consultants can help with specific writing assignments and work on general writing skills. Topics may include understanding an assignment, content and organization, grammar, vocabulary development, and using and citing sources.

For credit classes (semester or shorter) to learn more about writing and get practice.

Course activities include reading material on a variety of topics from many sources,identifying main ideas and details, analyzing and critiquing support, and responding with your own ideas in writing and discussion.

Course content emphasizes the writing process - developing ideas, drafting, revising, and editing. Students practice different genres of academic writing, work on refining their ability to incorporate source material into writing, critiquing writing, and matching writing to audience and purpose.

Course activities enable students to develop the methods of citation, conventions of style and organization, and critical thinking skills necessary for writing college-level research papers. Students select topics derived from a contemporary academic theme provided by the instructor and, applying a process approach, produce a research paper.

Department of Writing Studies

All undergraduate students are required to take first year writing (WRIT 1301).  Special sections are available for non-native speaker students.  See differences between the types of sections at http://writingstudies.umn.edu/firstyear/courses/nonnative.html

WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing (WI) for Non-native speakers of English
WRIT 3562 will help students improve their professional writing and oral communication.  It is equivalent to 2 WI courses. There are special sections of WRIT 3562 for non-native speakers.

WRIT 5051 - Graduate Research Writing Practice for Non-native Speakers of English 
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student; fall, spring, summer, every year) 
Graduate-level writing techniques/formats for summaries, critiques, research, and abstracts. Persuasion, documentation, structure, grammar, vocabulary, field-specific requirements. Writing through several drafts, using mentor in specific field of study. Revising/editing to meet graduate standards. Discussions. 

WRIT 5052 - Graduate Research Presentations and Conference Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English 
(3.0 cr; Prereq-[Grad student, non-native speaker of English] or #; fall, spring, every year) 
Practice in writing/presenting graduate-level research for conferences or professional seminars. Delivery of professional academic presentations to U.S. audiences. Conference abstract, paper, and poster presentation. Communication in research process. Students select topics from their own research/studies. Format, style, transitions, topic narrowing, non-verbal presentation skills. 

SMART Learning Commons

Peer Tutors for Writing
Meet one-on-one or in a small group at the SMART Learning Commons for support for writing and revising. Find a tutor who provides Writing support.

Office for Community Standards

What is Plagiarism? 
Plagiarism is representing the words, creative work, or ideas of another person as one’s own without providing proper documentation of source. Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Copying information word for word from a source without using quotation marks and giving proper acknowledgement by way of footnote, endnote, or in-text citation;
  • Representing the words, ideas, or data of another person as one’s own without providing proper attribution to the author through quotation, reference, in-text citation, or footnote;
  • Producing, without proper attribution, any form of work originated by another person, such as a musical phrase, a proof, a speech, an image, experimental data, laboratory report, graphic design or computer code;
  • Paraphrasing, without sufficient acknowledgment, ideas taken from another person that the reader might reasonably mistake as the author’s.
  • Borrowing various words, ideas, phrases, or data from original sources and blending them with one’s own without acknowledging the sources.
It is the responsibility of all students to understand the standards and methods of proper attribution and to clarify with each instructor the standards, expectations, and reference techniques appropriate to the subject area and class requirements, including group work and internet use. Students are encouraged to seek out information about these methods from instructors and other resources and to apply this information in all submissions of academic work. [1]

[1] Portions used with permission from New York Institute of Technology and University of Texas, San Antonio.

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE)

All students are welcome at the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) Instructional Center. We offer academic support services in writing, languages, and STEM. The full Instructional Center schedule will be posted at https://diversity.umn.edu/multicultural/instructionalcenter come the start of the semester.