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Quick Questions: On Strange Quotes June 4, 2012

Filed under: quick questions — Mia Amélie @ 10:23 am
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Part of our work at the Writing Center includes responding to “Quick Questions” asked by writers from within and beyond the DePaul community. By posting the questions from writers and answers crafted by our tutors, we hope you just might discover the answer to a question you have always wanted (or never thought) to ask!


When quoting an author in a research paper, do I duplicate it exactly as it shows up in the book, i.e., leaving the capitalized words in this quote (or do I not capitalize them?): “For this reason, people stayed close to home or, if forced to walk in the darkness, carried IRON or SALT or turned there clothing inside out (SEE PROTECTION AGAINST FAIRIES). Fairies rode forth on the WILD HUNT, hordes of them pouring out of their FAIRY MOUNDS and riding through the night, kidnapping people they encountered on the road. For this reason it was considered ill-advised to walk near a fairy mound on Samhain night, even more so than on ordinary nights.” (Mongahan, 407) (more…)


MLA adds format for citing tweets March 7, 2012

Great news for social media-savvy UCWbLers – the Modern Language Association has rolled out the correct format for citing a tweet in an academic paper.  If you feel the need to add Kanye West’s deepest thoughts to your next research assignment with perfect evidence of your source, have no fear!  The MLA has your back.


Tips For a Successful ELL Tutorial January 31, 2012

I’ve never had a conversation partner appointment, but I’d like to think that I’d know what to do with one.  The UCWbL abounds with strategies for a successful conversation partner appointment, and everyone has ideas of what to say, how to say it, and what to encourage.  We hear about it in WRD class, orientation settings, tip-sheets, and from other tutors.  What these tips didn’t prepare me for was a somewhat difficult (and confusing) writing tutorial with an English language learner – and for a paper outside my discipline, no less.  What do you do when communication breaks down in a face-to-face setting with an ELL student, though?  Your focus is different here – their writing, not their speaking – and yet the tutorial’s dependent on clear and informative conversation.  With that in mind, perhaps there is overlap between the conversation partner appointment and the ELL student face-to-face tutorial, and perhaps strategies designed for the former can be applied to the latter. (more…)


Quick Questions – On Citing Online Sources March 2, 2011

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Question: How would I cite these two sources (MLA style): Source 1 and Source 2? Thanks, —

Response: Hi —! Thanks for your question. According to the seventh edition of the MLA handbook, works only cited on the web should follow this format: (more…)


Quick Questions: On Footnotes February 16, 2011

Filed under: quick questions — DePaul UCWbL @ 16:00 pm

Virtually every day tutors at the writing center respond to “Quick Questions” asked by writers from the DePaul community. We will start posting on our blog the questions we receive along with the answers our tutors craft in response. Of course, the personal information of each questioner will be redacted. We hope you enjoy this new resource… you just might discover the answer to a question you have always wanted (or never thought) to ask!



Do you know about Zotero? November 7, 2010

Filed under: things that help writers — Mia Amélie @ 15:09 pm
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As November rolls onward, DePaul University’s finals week approaches.  Those research paper due dates that were once safely tucked away on a calendar page far far away now require your immediate attention.  So why not start by getting organized with Zotero? (more…)


Academic Writing Resources October 28, 2010

Harvard University’s Writing Center has some useful resources for writers working on academic papers. Their “Brief Guides to Writing Papers in the Disciplines” covers the fields of history, philosophy, English, and psychology. These guides discuss some common types of papers and writing conventions according to each discipline. In addition to an extensive guide to using sources, their “Strategies for Essay Writing” (scroll down, see right-hand column) span “How to Read an Assignment” to “Revising a Draft” and every step in-between. Of course, every writer has his or her own method to composition, but this “roadmap” may provide some structure for those of us who crave it.