Writing in the major
Your Professors Will Require You to Write
Your professors recognize the fact that writing is an important tool for learning and discovery as well as for conveying what has been learned and discovered. They also know that you will develop proficiency as a writer when you have frequent opportunities to write in courses in your major.
What Does This Mean?
Your professors share the responsibility for helping you learn the conventions and rhetorical practices of your discipline, or area of study. This means that writing instruction will be continuous throughout your undergraduate education, and instructors will provide you with meaningful feedback and opportunities to revise.
Writing in the Major: How the Writing Center Can Help
The Writing Center is a free academic-support service with one goal: to help you succeed on your college writing assignments. Staff members represent a range of majors, including American Sign Language, Anthropology, Biology, Education, History, Music, Philosophy, and Psychology, to name a few. Each consultant is an exceptional writer and possesses a wealth of knowledge about courses, professors, and writing expectations in the major.
When you are having difficulties starting a paper, you are encouraged to visit the Writing Center to brainstorm and produce a skeleton or map (i.e., a useful outline) from which you can more easily write.
When you have a draft of a paper, you are encouraged to share your work with a consultant who will check to see you have met the professor's requirements. For example, if a professor requires you to write an analysis paper but you have produced a summary instead, a consultant will make you aware of the discrepancy and assist you in revising the paper to meet the assignment directions.
Discipline-specific styles guides
A style guide contains a storehouse of information about the writing-related requirements of a particular discipline, professional organization, and/or publishing house. Guides include information with regard to editorial style, formatting, punctuation, citations, and reference lists. College instructors require you to use particular style guides in their courses, and the list below offers an overview of guides which are currently utlized at Western:
Self-help writing sources
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