History Writing Tutors


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.


Rosa Cordero is a second-year Ph.D. student in the History Department studying Slavery and Emancipation in Ninteenth-Century Puerto Rico.



In-Person Appointments:

101D Van Dyck Hall

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Writing Center Hours:

Monday:  11am-2pm

Tuesday:  10am-1pm  (available by Zoom only)

Wednesday:  11am-2pm

Thursday:  10am-1pm  (available by Zoom only)

Friday:  2pm-5pm





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