Writing Center Options


Advanced Psychobiology of Women

GWSS 487 / PSYCH 487

Writing Center Options

There are a variety of writing centers available on campus and you may use any of them. Here are a number of links or descriptions that may help you find the right center for you. These descriptions are often taken verbatim from the centers web-site.

For centers that take appointments, do not wait until right before your paper is due to make an appointment. You most likely will find them booked solid by then. Book early in the quarter even if you are not writing your paper until much later.

It's often a good idea to visit a center more than once - once when you are just fleshing out your ideas in outline form and once after you have written a draft of your paper. They can help formulate the structure for your talk as well as your paper.

Notice: The staffs of the various Writing Centers are not familiar with the specific writing assignments for this course. We suggest you take the description of your writing assignment with you to the writing center. No matter, their feedback will concentrate on the structure of the paper and the clarity of your writing. It is possible to prepare a well-written paper that flows logically and reads well but does not meet the course assignment. Center personnel are not experts in every field of study and may not be able to advise you on whether you have met the specific assignment's requirements.

1. Interdisciplinary Writing Studio (IWS)

The Interdisciplinary Writing Studio offers tutoring sessions for students working on projects in AES, AIS, GEOG, and GWSS. Our tutors have experience writing and tutoring in these departments and can work with you on all aspects of writing and research from brainstorming through final product. All kinds of projects are welcome: journals, blog posts, reflections, research papers, literature reviews, position statements, policy memos and more! We can talk with you about drafts, research strategies, disciplinary expectations, and finding your own voice in writing. The IWS is located in Smith Hall 113B. For more information or to book a session, go to:

2. CLUE Evening Drop-In Writing Center

Located in the Center for Undergraduate Advising, Diversity, and Student Success at the east side of the Commons in Mary Gates Hall.
Interdisciplinary, open to all undergrads from 7-midnight, Sunday-Thursday. No appointment. First come, first served.
The staff have taught writing and ESL courses. Excellent resource - even at the last minute!

3. Odegaard Writing and Research Center

Room 121 Odegaard Library. Free, one-on-one help with all aspects of writing at any stage in the writing process.  This center is open Sundays from noon-9, Monday through Thursday, 9-9, and Friday 9-3. To make an appointment or browse the center's online resources, please visit:
To make the best use of your time there, please bring a copy of your assignment with you and double-space any drafts you want to bring in.  The OWRC will not proofread papers or talk with you about grades.

4. Psychology Writing Center

Faculty and graduate tutors offer one-on-one consultation, handouts, and other resources on general and scientific writing for undergraduates in psychology.
Scheduled appointments have priority and are STRONGLY recommended. Drop-in's are OK if the tutor is available (don't count on it).
Schedule an appointment at:

5. Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity Instructional Center, Writing Center - 1307 NE 40th St.

The following if from the Center's website:
The Writing Center, open daily from 8:30 to 5:00, is staffed by instructors and tutors from a broad range of academic backgrounds. Students with writing assignments from any undergraduate course are welcome to come here at any time during the process of conceptualizing and writing a paper. Whether you want to brainstorm and discuss ideas, formulate an outline or learn to support your arguments in an organized manner, come to the writing center.

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The following section was copied verbatim from http://depts.washington.edu/pswrite/plag.html. One of the most common forms of cheating is plagiarism, using another's words or ideas without proper citation. When students plagiarize, they usually do so in one of the following ways:
1. Using another writer's words without proper citation. If you use another writer's words, you must place quotation marks around the quoted material and include a footnote or other indication of the source of the quotation.
2. Using another writer's ideas without proper citation. When you use another author's ideas, you must indicate with footnotes or other means where this information can be found. Your instructors want to know which ideas and judgments are yours and which you arrived at by consulting other sources. Even if you arrived at the same judgment on your own, you need to acknowledge that the writer you consulted also came up with the idea.
3. Citing your source but reproducing the exact words of a printed source without quotation marks. This makes it appear that you have paraphrased rather than borrowed the author's exact words.
4. Borrowing the structure of another author's phrases or sentences without crediting the author from whom it came. This kind of plagiarism usually occurs out of laziness: it is easier to replicate another writer's style than to think about what you have read and then put it in your own words. The following example is from A Writer's Reference : by Diana Hacker (New York, 1989, p. 171).
Original: If the existence of a signing ape was unsettling for linguists, it was also startling news for animal behaviorists. Unacceptable borrowing of words: An ape who knew sign language unsettled linguists and startled animal behaviorists.
Unacceptable borrowing of sentence structure: If the presence of a sign-language-using chimp was disturbing for scientists studying language, it was also surprising to scientists studying animal behavior.
Acceptable paraphrase: When they learned of an ape's ability to use sign language, both linguists and animal behaviorists were taken by surprise.
5. Borrowing all or part of another student's paper or using someone else's outline to write your own paper.
6. Using a paper writing "service" or having a friend write the paper for you. Regardless of whether you pay a stranger or have a friend do it, it is a breach of academic honesty to hand in work that is not your own or to use parts of another student's paper.
7. In computer programming classes, borrowing computer code from another student and presenting it as your own. When original computer code is a requirement for a class, it is a violation of the University's policy if students submit work they themselves did not create.
Note: The guidelines that define plagiarism also apply to information secured on Internet web sites. Internet references must specify precisely where the information was obtained and where it can be found. You may think that citing another author's work will lower your grade. In some unusual cases this may be true, if your instructor has indicated that you must write your paper without reading additional material. But in fact, as you progress in your studies, you will be expected to show that you are familiar with important work in your field and can use this work to further your own thinking. Your professors write this kind of paper all the time. The key to avoiding plagiarism is that you show clearly where your own thinking ends and someone else's begins.

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Contact the instructor at: nkenney@u.washington.edu