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Chat with a Tutor: A Force for Democracy? September 20, 2012

The UCWbL’s highly popular Chat with a Tutor service is back and better than ever. Let’s take a look at how to use it–and why you should. (more…)


On Open Access Scholarship February 18, 2012

“Open Science, Open Minds.” That’s the slogan of Intech, an online resource with a wealth of science journals (and books) available for download, for free! I remember stumbling upon Intech and thinking, “Why didn’t I know about this sooner?” Upon posting the link to Intech on the various geography facebook groups I frequent, responses from my fellow geographers directed me to more open access journals related to the field as made available at the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). From boycotts  of publisher prices to journal costs scaled by a subscriber’s income, questions about how journals are made accessible and exclusive are on the rise. Upon investigating further, I find myself barely grazing the edges of an exciting and growing movement in free knowledge.  Knowing that I have barely scratched the surface, I am curious to know what Open Access Journal resources my peers have come across, and what thoughts you have on this phenomena?


Outposts Now Open for Winter Quarter January 16, 2012

Filed under: cool & interesting events — Mia Amélie @ 09:30 am
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The Writing Center’s Loop Outpost is now open for tutoring Monday through Thursday from 4-6pm in the Adult Student Center (on the 11th floor of the DePaul Center). The Lincoln Park Outpost– open Tuesday through Thursday from 12-5pm– will open for tutorials tomorrow, January 17, on the first floor of the Richardson Library. Since tutors will be available at each location to accommodate writers on a drop-in basis, you do not need to schedule an appointment to meet with a tutor in the Outpost, which is certainly one of many reasons to get in on the Outpost!

For more information about the Writer Center Outposts,visit the UCWbL’s webpage on “Drop-in Outposts.”


Stay in & Chat with a Tutor! January 15, 2012

Filed under: what do you think? — Mia Amélie @ 12:00 pm
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With all this precipitation, trudging through the snow to the Writing Center might seem a little daunting. Luckily, the Writing Center is only a click away! The UCWbL recently added a new feature called “Chat with a Tutor,” giving writers the opportunity to instant message a tutor during the Writing Center’s regular hours of operation.  Never one to resist an innovative trend (i.e. the “Ask a Librarian” chat service, available at DePaul University’s Library website), the UCWbL added the “Chat with a Tutor” service as a means to give writers even more ways to connect with tutors and explore topics in writing and language. So if you have a quick question for us or need a little assistance with writing, research, or other related elements, visit our website at depaul.edu/writing and click “Chat with a Tutor.”


New Hot Topics in Writing Episode: Literature After Dark August 3, 2011

Hot Topics in Writing, the UCWbL’s podcast, has released the second installment of a three part series about resources for writers in Chicago!

In our last episode, we looked at physical publications to which writers could submit their work.  For our newest episode, we put down our magazines and hit the streets, taking you with us as we visit venues where writers may read their own work as well as listen to others share their work. We attended three different writing events around the city: Essay Fiesta at the Book Cellar, the Uptown Poetry Slam at the Green Mill, and Reading Under the Influence at Sheffield’s for their themed event, “Poisons.”