Writing Center FAQ's
These Frequently Asked Questions were originally compiled by Mary Ann Peters, April 2004. You may download the entire set of questions as a single document [pdf, 58 KB] or select individual questions from the list below.
Starting, Organizing, and Writing
How do I get started?
How do I write an effective thesis statement?
How do I organize my ideas?
How do I make a formal outline?
How do I put all my notes together?
How do I overcome writer's block?
What makes an effective written argument?
Revising, Editing, and Proofreading
How do I revise my paper?
How do I edit my paper?
How do I proofread my paper?
Punctuation, Sentence Structure, Grammar, and Numbers
How do I use the comma?
How do I avoid comma splices?
How do I use the semicolon and colon?
How do I avoid the most common pronoun mistake?
How do I avoid the most common subject-verb mistake?
When do I spell out numbers?
How do I avoid plagiarism?
How do I use direct quotations?
How do I find sources on the Web?
How do I cite sources?
How do I take an essay exam?
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