Sharing the Table: Engaging Dinner Conversations and Literature Reviews

Part 3 of 3 in the Research Process series by Ryan D. Smith, CAPS Assistant Coordinator of Writing & Language Part 1: The Right Question: Knowing What to Ask to Guide Your Research Part 2: The Proper Gear: Equipping Your Research with Quality Sources Imagine attending a dinner party. You sit at a table with several other … More Sharing the Table: Engaging Dinner Conversations and Literature Reviews

The Proper Gear: Equipping Your Research with Quality Sources

Part 2 of 3 in the Research Process series by Ryan D. Smith, CAPS Assistant Coordinator of Writing & Language Part 1: The Right Question: Knowing What to Ask to Guide Your Research Part 3: Sharing the Table: Engaging Dinner Conversations and Literature Reviews When Everest was first discovered to be the world’s tallest peak in 1852, … More The Proper Gear: Equipping Your Research with Quality Sources

The Right Question: Knowing What to Ask to Guide Your Research

Part 1 of 3 in the Research Process series by Ryan D. Smith, CAPS Assistant Coordinator of Writing & Language Part 2: The Proper Gear: Equipping Your Research with Quality Sources Part 3:Sharing the Table: Engaging Dinner Conversations and Literature Reviews If you’ve seen the film I, Robot (2004), you may remember several scenes that are similar … More The Right Question: Knowing What to Ask to Guide Your Research

Five Great Reasons to Come Into the WLC

CAPS we offer tutoring in a wide variety of subjects alongside other services such as supplemental instruction and workshops on learning strategies.  We surveyed the writing and language tutors about the use of the Writing and Language Center.  Tutors reported the top three reasons why students came in based on their experiences. Here are the … More Five Great Reasons to Come Into the WLC

Prescriptive vs Descriptive Views Towards Language

Tutor Language prescription is when a group enforces ‘laws’ or ‘rules’ about how language should be used. In contrast, those who take a descriptivist view towards language believe that all human languages, including dialect variations, are highly organized and structured systems. For example, you’ve probably heard people say things such as, “Don’t use double negatives,” … More Prescriptive vs Descriptive Views Towards Language

Rules to Write By

Something that has helped me tremendously with my own writing is reading about the strategies that great writers, such as Henry Miller, have found helpful in accomplishing their writing goals. If I’m being honest, I find it comforting to read about the challenges that even the most celebrated writers face in the process of writing. … More Rules to Write By

Writing Reads Recommendation: Dear Mr. Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore

The Author: Dinty W. Moore is an essayist and humorist who has been writing since his university years. The tagline on his website reads: “Author, editor, teacher, specializing in memoir and literary nonfiction. A man who is very much afraid of polar bears.” The Book: Have you heard of Ask Alice? Or Dear Abby? Newspapers will … More Writing Reads Recommendation: Dear Mr. Essay Writer Guy by Dinty W. Moore

Theory of Storytelling: Or Is All Writing Creative Writing?

I grew up with stories. The top shelf of my childhood bookshelf held my mother’s faerie tale books from Japan, Russia, Mongolia, and Germany. I devoured the stories when I was a child. When I got older I still went inside my old room, picked my favorite book off the shelf, and lost myself in … More Theory of Storytelling: Or Is All Writing Creative Writing?

3 Steps to Writing More Professional Emails

As we begin the Fall 2017 semester and prepare to face new academic experiences, form friendships and academic relationships, it’s always important to keep in mind the value of effective communication, especially regarding professor-teacher interaction. Email etiquette is a great skill to brush up on, since it is one of the most widely used forms … More 3 Steps to Writing More Professional Emails