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Types of Writing Assistance Available

 Be prepared for the Writing Sessions so you can get your questions answered and receive advice on your work during the sessions. 

  • EOP staff are available during Office Hours (schedules in your itinerary).  Feel free to ask us for advice, proofreading, and assisting you in the library or with using online databases during these times. We are native English speakers and have experienced grading by PTS professors. Being available to help you with this research paper assignment is part of our job, so get your money’s worth!
  • Ask friends to check your paper after you finish writing it, before you submit it. In American culture, it is perfectly fine to do this. We call it peer editing. 

  • Use either Zotero or EndNote computer application to collect and make citations easily. Zotero is always free. EndNote is free for PTS students to use on campus (you must uninstall EndNote or purchase your own license directly from EndNote when you are no longer a current student). The IT department provides support, including assistance with installation and training. 

  • Use The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White. This thin book explains composition style, and common grammar and spelling mistakes. It is so famous that people call it “Strunk and White” as a nickname. 

  • Use the official Turabian website: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/turabian/turabian_citationguide.html 

  • Use the Chicago Manual of Style. It is almost exactly the same style as Turabian. The whole book is online: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/contents.html 

  • Log in to PTS Community at http://our.ptsem.edu and download the Writing Center Style Guide PDF file from https://our.ptsem.edu/UploadedFiles/Student%20Services/pdfs/writing-centerPTSStyle%20Guide2.pdf 

  • Use A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian, Wayne C. Booth, Gregory Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, and the University of Chicago Press.

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