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Academic writing help

Meet a mentor to strengthen your writing abilities.

The Academic Writing Help Centre is a peer help centre where students can go at any step of the writing process to learn how to become more efficient and autonomous writers. Meet with a mentor to :

  • Get help understanding assignment instructions;
  • Learn how to make an outline and organize your ideas into paragraphs;
  • Get feedback on your writing and discover tools that will help you edit your own work;
  • Learn how to cite your sources properly;

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How to book an appointment with a writing mentor?

Looking for other ways to improve your writing.

In addition to booking an appointment with a writing mentor at the Academic Writing Help Centre, check out the following resources!

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APA Style (Style and Grammar Guidelines)

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As you go through the academic integrity process outlined in Academic Regulation A-4 (Academic Integrity and Academic Misconduct), you may be invited to participate in an academic integrity session with a writing mentor. If so, email [email protected] to book the session. Our team will contact you with all the necessary information.

Please note that academic integrity sessions aren’t just for students who’ve received sanctions. They’re also open to those seeking to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the topic. The sessions can prove invaluable for all students aiming to enhance their academic journey.

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The AWHC is open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Virtual appointments are offered until 7:30 p.m.

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The Professional Writing Minor is an interdisciplinary degree in writing and editing for business, science and the arts. Housed within the Department of English, the professional writing minor provides students with knowledge and skills much in demand by employers in government, business, social service, and community organizations. Take courses in Technical Writing and Editing, Policy Writing, Advanced Grammar, and Organizational Communication, among others. 15-credit "options" are also available in Professional Editing or Technical Writing.

This program is offered in English only.

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Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the  2021-2022 calendars  for the previous requirements.

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Research for Technical Report Writing

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Additional Resources

  • The MLA Style Center Provides guidance, examples and practice template to effectively use the MLA citation style
  • Purdue OWL - MLA 9th Edition Detailed online guide for MLA 9th Edition developed by Purdue University Online Writing Lab.

MLA Core Elements Template

Use the MLA Core Elements Template to help you create your Work Cited list

MLA Handbook: A Very Brief Introduction

The acronym MLA stands for Modern Language Association . Mostly used in the humanities, languages, literature and cultural studies, this citation style guide is now up to its 8th edition. 

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1951 - First MLA Guide published (31 pages, geared towards scholars)

       1977 - First MLA Guide geared towards students published (163 pages)

                  1984 - Handbook (for undergrads) vs. Style Manual (for graduate students and scholars)

                             2016 - 8th ed. (146 pages) supersedes the 7th ed. Handbook and the Style Manual

                                           2021 - The 9th edition, and the most voluminous (367 pages), is published

MLA Handbook 9th Edition

About this citation style: 

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  • e.g. giving a credit vs. comparing different edition of a source
  • Emphasis on document traits shared by most works, regardless of medium
  • Emphasis on a consistent structure, discoverability of sources

This citation style functions with principles and guidelines rather than strict rules. 

What's different with MLA 9th edition? 

MLA 9th ed.: Optional elements

MLA 9th Edition: The Basics

The list of sources in your paper should be titled "Work Cited".

  • Do not use the term Bibliography
  • In case you wish to include the sources that you did not cite, but still used while writing your paper, title the list Works Consulted.

Your citation does not always feature the name of the creator(s) in the first place.

  • MLA Handbook .  9th ed., Modern Language Association, 2021.
  • Seidensticker, Edward G., translator. The Tale of Genji,  by Murasaki Shikibu, Knopf, 1976.
  • Jones, January, performer. Mad Men . Lions Gate Television, 2007-2015.

Cite the titles in full (as they were found in the source) while standardizing capitalization/punctuation.

  • Nadelson, Regina. Who Is Angela Davis ? T he Biography of a Revolutionary . P.H. Wyden, 1972.

You might sometimes provide translations for the titles of non-English language sources.

  • For in-text citations, use parenthesis when you introduce the source(s).
  • Mesa, Sara. Cicatriz [Scar] . Editorial Anagrama, 2015.

The publisher's name is not always indicated. 

  • You don't need to include publisher's name for periodicals (magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals)
  • You don’t need to include a publisher’s name for a self-published work or web site whose title is identical to its publisher.
  • Omit the publisher for web sites or archives (i.e. containers) that are hosting a source that they did not produce (e.g. JSTOR, YouTube, ProQuest, WordPress.com, institutional depositories etc.).  

Some sources can be cited in a shortened form in your Work Cited list. 

  • Ferreira, Maria Geralda. “A Healer’s Story.” Levine and Crocitti , pp. 331-334.
  • Levine, Robert M., and John J. Crocitti, editors. The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics . Duke UP , 1999.
  • Mitchell, Fanny. “Family Life in Recife.” Levine and Crocitti , pp. 337-343

If you have questions, or if you run into problems that the guide does not address, e-mail Catherine Lachaîne at [email protected]

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