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The Writing Center

While I will be available for online appointments, the writing center is a great place to go to get face-to-face feedback. If you’re struggling, make an appointment! And remember, if you go in with specific goals or even specific sections you want to work on, you are more likely to get the help you really want/need.

Here is a link to the writing center homepage:

During the week, they are located right in Miller Hall 15B (basement). On the weekends, they are in the library.


From the U C Davis Undergraduate Research website:

What should the abstract include?

Think of your abstract as a condensed version of your whole project. By reading it, the reader should understand the nature of your research question….Although the content will vary according to field and specific project, all abstracts, whether in the sciences or the humanities, convey the following information:

  • The purpose of the project identifying the area of study to which it belongs.
  • The research problem that motivates the project.
  • The methods used to address this research problem, documents or evidence analyzed.
  • The conclusions reached or, if the research is in progress, what the preliminary results of the investigation suggest, or what the research methods demonstrate.
  • The significance of the research project. Why are the results useful? What is new to our understanding as the result of your inquiry?

Whatever kind of research you are doing, your abstract should provide the reader with answers to the following questions: What are you asking? Why is it important? How will you study it? What will you use to demonstrate your conclusions? What are those conclusions? What do they mean?


Here are some other great resources for abstract writing:

UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center:

Purdue OWL:





Business and Technology:



Your abstract can simply go at the top of your research paper and should be between 100-300 words.

Workshop: Narrating the Draft

For this workshop, I want you to narrate your draft for me in the margins. Tell me the story of how you developed this paper, why you made the choices you did, and what you’re still questioning.

You may want to write an introductory and closing paragraph. You may want to stop at every paragraph. You may choose a totally different structure. I am more concerned with the content than the form.

Introductions & Conclusions

Let’s review! Here are some great resources for you to consider as you finish up your research papers.



Clarity of Prose

Today’s activity will require you to identify issues with clarity and grammar, label them, and rewrite sentences. We will be using GoogleDocs to do this in real time.

Step 1: ™Label each sentence with the type of errors found (may be more than one):

  • ™Run-on ™
  • Comma splice
  • ™Subject-verb agreement ™
  • Sentence Fragment ™
  • Typo ™
  • Other clarity issue ™

Step 2: After you have labeled them all as a team, rewrite the sentences to be more clear and grammatically correct.


Group 1: 

Group 2:

Group 3:

Group 4:

Group 5:

Group 6:

Group 7:


Powerpoint file: Polishing & Proofreading


Today’s Class (4/8)

Good morning ENG201 class,

Today’s class will be held online via Blackboard. I apologize for the last minute switch. I was going to try to push through, but I am really not feeling well today. The instructions for today’s class activities will be posted to a tab called “Online Class 4/8
by classtime. You will have until 11:59 p.m. tonight to complete the assignments.

Please feel free to email me with any questions.





Just a Cheesey Example of a Logical Fallacy

Saw this on my newsfeed today. Don’t be that scientist:


Research Paper 1st Draft Workshop

Readers, come up with one question you’d like your audience to think about as you read.


For each reader, in addition to their particular question, you will answer the questions below. In order to do so, you will likely have to jot down notes as they read.

1. What did you like (in style, content, etc.)?

2. What did you want more of (something you enjoyed, something you didn’t understand and need explanation for, something you needed more proof of, etc.)?

3. One suggestion for improvement.


Logical Fallacies

Logical fallacies are arguments that seem to follow logical structures, but do not actually provide legitimate evidence.

You have been given the definition of a logical fallacy. Here’s what you will do with it:

Pretend that you’re working in your field of choice. For whatever reason, you’ve been called upon to explain the logical fallacy to your colleagues.

In an email memo, help your colleagues to understand the term and how it’s used. Provide a definition in your own words (don’t just thesaurus a few words from the original definition). Also, provide an example that someone in your field would be able to understand.