Schaffner's Writing Place
Established by Northwestern's University College (now the School of Continuing Studies) and Schaffner Library in 1986, The Writing Place is a free tutorial service provided to students currently enrolled in a Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies class who feel that they need extra help with their writing assignments. Many students are at the earliest stages of researching a paper and seek help focusing a topic or developing a thesis. Others come in with a final draft and wish to have a perfectly clean paper. No matter the class or stage of the writing process, The Writing Place offers one-on-one advice and assistance from an experienced writer who can analyze the student's text and suggest improvements.
Please note that in addition to the Chicago Campus Writing Place, there are writing place services on the Evanston Campus.
Schedule an online consultation
While we believe face-to-face discussions yield the best results, we know that writers are not always able to come to the Writing Place. If you are in an online master’s program or have difficulty making it to campus for an in-person appointment, you are welcome to arrange an online-based appointment.
- Make a 60-minute appointment using the online scheduling system
- Please select "Meet Online" from the dropdown menu option
- At the time of your consultation log in to the appointment system and click on your meeting time.
- Follow the link to "Start or Join Online Consultation."
- Please have your document ready to share electronically with the tutor
Preparing for a Writing Place Appointment
- whether a paper draft matches an assignment
- how to select and include relevant examples to support an argument
- whether the paragraph structure and internal order of a paper is effective
- questions on specific punctuation, grammar, or syntax rules
- whether the scope of a paper is appropriate, too broad, or too narrow
Graduate students from the School of Continuing studies are also welcome to visit either the Chicago or Evanston Graduate Writing Place with questions that require genre-specific knowledge.
English Language Programs
How to Cite your Sources
- Citation Style for Research Papers (APA, MLA, Turabian, Chicago and AMA)
- MLA Citation Format, Purdue University
- APA Citation Format, Purdue University
- Citation Machine
- EasyBib Citation Generator - Remember to double check any automatically generated citations against the style guide you are using
- The Chicago Manual of Style Online
- ONLINE! Citation Styles - Guidelines for citing electronic resources using MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style, and Council of Biology Editors (CBE) citation styles
- The Chicago manual of style (16th ed.)(2010). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
SCHAFFNER Reference (Non-circulating) 655.2 C53 2010
- MLA handbook for writers of research papers (7th ed.)(2009). New York: Modern Language Association of America.
SCHAFFNER Reference (Non-circulating) 808.02 M685 2009
- MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing (3rd ed.)(2008). New York: Modern Language Association of America.
SCHAFFNER Reference (Non-circulating) 808.02 A179m 2008
- Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.)(2010). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
SCHAFFNER Reference (Non-circulating) 029.6 A513p 2010