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Archive for June, 2012


Dissertation Writing Forum

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 | Posted in Dissertations & Theses, Events by dmfarrar | 1 Comment »

Calling all doctoral students!

July 18th and 19th, 2012

The Writing Center, in conjunction with the USF Tampa Library and the USF Graduate School will be hosting a dissertation forum on July 18th and 19th, 2012. Please register and join us for two days of dedicated dissertation work. You’ll meet with librarians, IRB representatives and writing consultants and leave with some serious progress made on your work!


Support the USF Writing Center

Monday, June 25th, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized by dmfarrar | No Comments »

The Writing Center appreciates the support of the community and hopes to increase its ability to reach out to students, staff and faculty at USF. Please consider making a donation to help us continue our mission.

Each year, the USF Writing Center supports the efforts of students and faculty in all disciplines at any stage of their writing process. The Writing Center conducted a survey of 2,387 students during the 2011-12 school year. We are happy to share that many students who responded reported a marked improvement in their writing grades and 92% of those who responded believe that the skills developed in their writing center consultations will translate to their work across the disciplines.

Please make a gift!

Thank you!


USF Students Improve Skills at the Writing Center

Thursday, June 21st, 2012 | Posted in USF Writing Studio Blog: Tips, News, and Updates by dmfarrar | No Comments »

From John Strasser, Spring 2012:

“I want to thank you for all that you and the writing center have done for me. As I have stated over and over again to both you and anyone that will listen at USF, the Writing Center is the most important resource on the entire campus; the majority of academic successes that I have experienced have come as a result of the Center’s help.

I am proud to tell you that I was offered admission to The South Asia Institute within The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Columbia University to pursue a master’s degree this past week. I worked on my CV and Statement of Purpose at the Writing Center.

Additionally, on the same day that I received the formal offer of admission from Columbia, I won the Golden Bull Award, one of the highest honors bestowed on a student at USF. Out of a pool of 110 qualified candidates, only 20 students were chosen. This honor, too, is a direct result of the skills I learned and the grades I earned as a result of attending Writing Center appointments.”

Thanks for the feedback, John! We’re so excited for your achievements and look forward to hearing about the great things you’ll continue to do!


Why Cite?

Friday, June 8th, 2012 | Posted in Dissertations & Theses, USF Writing Studio Blog: Tips, News, and Updates by dmfarrar | No Comments »

Why do we bother citing someone elses work in our papers? Most people’s initial answer is so they don’t get caught plagiarizing. While that is certainly true, there are other more important reasons we cite that improve what we write.

When we conduct research, we need to cite our work to show where we found information. This gives credit to the original writer of the text you are using to support your points. It also, however, shows your reader that you conducted research and know what information is out there about your topic. Demonstrating this gives you credibility with your reader and he or she will consider you more reliable. Your reader will be more likely to trust your analysis, opinions, and ideas. (more…)

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