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History Writing Tutor

History Writing Tutors

Caitlin Wiesner (Ph.D. Student)

Joseph Williams (Ph.D. student)


The History Department's writing tutor is available to help undergraduate students improve their history writing skills.

The writing tutor can:

  • Help you to brainstorm ideas for papers and presentations.
  • Help you to polish the rough ideas you already have.
  • Help you to organize outlines and papers.
  • Help you refine a draft.
  • Help you create a strong historical argument.
  • Help to demystify the ways that historians talk about history.
  • Help you turn in the best paper you possibly can.

To give you the best help we can, we ask that you provide the following:

  • A copy of your assignment sheet.
  • Any brainstorm diagrams, rough work, or writing you have completed for the project.


Spring 2018 Drop-in Office Hours
Van Dyck Hall Room 101D

Monday: 9:00am - 7:00pm

Tuesday: 9:00am - 10:00am, 12:00 - 7:00pm

Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Thursday: 1:00 - 6:00pm

Friday: Closed


Helpful Links and Documents

1. Brainstorming and Generating Ideas 2. Verbs in Writing Assignments 3. The Blank Page
4. Final Checklist for Writing Essays 5. Writing a Thesis and Making an Argument 6. Organization
7. Commas 8. Passive and Active Voice 9. Paraphrases and Quotes
10. Source Identification 11. How to Read a Primary Source 12. How to Read a Secondary Source
13. Bibliographic Forms 14. Quoting Smoothly 15. Statement on Plagiarism


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