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.


Isaac Guzman is a second-year Ph.D. student in the History Department studying African American History and Atlantic African Diaspora.


In-Person Appointments:

101D Van Dyck Hall

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an in-person or Zoom appointment.


Writing Center Hours:

Monday:  no hours

Tuesday:  12:30-2:00pm  

Wednesday:  12:30-3:00pm

Thursday:  8:00am-1:00pm  (available by Zoom only)

Friday:  8:00am-12:00pm  (available by Zoom only)


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