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Research & Writing Center

At the Sister Helen Sheehan Library

You can do it!

Get results from your research
Your team at the Research & Writing Center are here to give you practical tools and tips to become a master researcher.

Plan a stronger essay
Turn in that paper that gets you the grade you want, and learn writing skills you can take with you the rest of your life.

Produce a professional presentation
Your team at the Research & Writing Center will give you the know-how to create a beautiful, engaging and powerful presentation.

Build a Better Resume
Get the jump start you need to create the career of your dreams, let our team help you craft the perfect resume and get the job you want!

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Research & Writing Center Location & Hours

Walk-in Hours — Library 103
Monday through Friday
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you’d like to schedule your visit to the Writing Center, please email us at writingcenter@trinitydc.edu or call (202) 884-9355.

Schedule an Appointment with a Peer Writing Tutor

About the Research & Writing Center

The Research & Writing Center, located in Library 103, welcomes students to talk one-on-one about their writing at any stage during the writing process. Students may meet with a Writing Tutor or arrange a conference with the Director. We will share tips, techniques and resources you can use to become a better writer and develop your confidence in your writing ability.

Take advantage of our walk in hours, or make an appointment request to save your spot, and don’t forget to check our list of things to bring to your appointment. Expect your conferences to last between 30 and 50 minutes. We recommend you plan your visit at least a day or two in advance.

No Time to Visit?

Did you know you can find writing assistance online, day or night? If you have specific questions about source citation, document formatting or similar issues, try Purdue’s Online Writing Lab. It offers information on a wide range of topics related to writing. Use the menu on the left side of the OWL’s page to navigate the site.

Here’s what Trinity students are saying about the Writing Center:

“The Writing Center was an invaluable aid in my transition into graduate school.”

“The Writing Center has helped me in ways words cannot describe.”

“English is my third language.  I don’t think I could have done it without the Writing Center.”

Hundreds of students use the Trinity Writing Center.  We conducted nearly 1,600 conferences last year with writers of all skill levels.  You will benefit from a visit to the Writing Center, so plan your visit today!

For Graduate Students

Whether you’re beginning the transition to graduate school or putting the final touches on your Capstone, the Writing Center offers friendly, professional assistance with your graduate studies.

You can find answers to many basic questions about writing and research, including APA formatting and citation, on the Links for Writers page right here on the writing center’s site, no appointment necessary.

If you would like to visit the writing center in person, you may make an appointment to learn more about:

  • Advanced research techniques
  • Resumes, cover letters and KSAs
  • Ethical use of scholarly sources
  • Expectations for graduate level writing

Schedule multiple appointments early in the semester to stay on track with long projects.

For Faculty

Writing is an essential academic skill, and the writing center is here to support your efforts to incorporate effective writing assignments into your teaching, regardless of your discipline. If you’d like to emphasize writing in your class, try one of these 10 anytime assignments (link takes you to Prezi.com).

Many colleges and universities offer handounts with valuable information on creating more effective writing assignments, including blueprints for writing prompts and basic tips for introducing writing assignments in class. Duke University is among the best.

Instructors are discouraged from requiring attendance at the writing center as a graded part of writing assignments, but providing your classes with information about making an appointment at the writing center can give struggling students the motivation they need to seek assistance.

The writing center provides individual writing assistance to Trinity students during walk in hours and by appointment. Students may request appointments online by emailing the Writing Center. We recommend faculty include peer editing sessions as part of the writing process rather than requesting editing or proofreading from tutors.

The writing center’s website offers a series of PowerPoint presentations and handouts that you can use in class to give your students an overview of essential writing and research skills.

The Writing Center encourages referrals and works by request with faculty to track students’ writing progress. The writing center can provide weekly or monthly summaries of attendance for students in your classes. Call or email for more information.

If you would like to discuss ways to help your students generate better writing through better assignments, or if you would like to suggest a link that’s missing from this list, please email the writing center.

What to Bring to Your Research & Writing Center Appointment:

Once you’ve confirmed your appointment, you should gather the materials you’ll need to bring with you.

If you’ve just started working on your essay, you should bring as many of these items as you can:

  • Syllabus
  • Assignment Sheet
  • Notes
  • Outline
  • Rough Draft
  • Research Materials

If you’re revising an assignment that your instructor has returned, you should bring the above items and your instructor’s comments.

If you have any questions about what to bring, feel free to call or email the Writing Center for more information.

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