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Writing guides and general rules for creating a comprehensive and cohesive paper. Citation guides for Chicago, APA, and MLA styles.
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Writing Center Support

Writing Center consultations take place in 3 formats:

  • Face to Face -

    • Writing consultants are available for 45-minute appointments. You can easily make an appointment through our online appointment system up to 10 days in advance.
      Walk-in appointments are also welcome, but we encourage you to schedule an appointment as we might be booked when you come in.
  • Online Chat (text or video) -

    • If you cannot make it in person, some writing consultants are also available for online appointments via text chat or video chat. You can easily make an appointment through our online appointment system up to 10 days in advance.
      - Video chat: see and speak to your writing consultant using your computer's web cam, microphone and speakers
      - Text chat: communicate with the consultant using a text messenger similar to texting applications on most cell phones
      - Live chat: for students who are unable to come to campus on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m.
      • To enter the chat:
        • log in to MyUB 
        • Click the Online Writing Lab (OWL) icon in the Tools section.
  • Online Submission -

    • For quick feedback, you can submit your paper electronically and one of our writing consultants will review it carefully and return it to you with general suggestions for revision. Our goal is to return papers within two business days of your submission.
      Please be aware that we can only offer feedback for up to five double-spaced pages, and our comments tend to be more general than you would receive in a consultation when dialog is possible.
      • To submit your paper:
        • Log in to MyUB.
        • Click on the Online Writing Lab (OWL) icon in the Tools section.
        • Follow the instructions to upload your paper.

Citation Creators

Zotero is a software that works with your web browser and word processor to collect, organize and cite your research. 

Turnitin

  • How does it work?
    When your assignment is submitted through Turnitin the software will compare your paper to other sources to detect similar passages.  Turnitin then generates a report of all (or none) of the content.  Your paper is actually added to the database at the same time, preventing other people from plagiarising from you! If you accidentally submit a draft instead of the final version contact your professor immediately for assistance addressing the problem.

  • What does this report mean?
    Turnitin produces a report called a "similarity index."  Different passages of your paper are highlighted in different colors based on where a match was found.  As an example, you might see 10% match with a certain website and all content matching with that site could be red.  A high percentage isn't necessarily bad though because the software doesn't treat cited material different than uncited material.

  • What will my professor do with the report?
    Professors do not see a high match percentage and immediately accuse a student of plagiarism.  The report may flag things which are suspicious, but the professor examines it as part of the grading process, not the end.  Often after examination of the paper and the sources the student has cited, the instructor will find there has been no problem at all.  Alternatively a high percentage might indicate to the professor that, while there has been no plagiarism, there has not been enough original work even when citation is done correctly.  Each individual professor then uses their best judgement when deciding how to proceed.  

*NOTE*  If you turned in the same paper, or parts of the same paper, for another class and the professor used Turnitin or similar software, your new submission will be flagged.  Turnitin will recognize the content.  Be careful not to plagiarize yourself.  If you wrote a paper for another class and would like to write on the same topic or use passages from an old paper talk to your professor first so they are aware that some of the content might be the same.