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In-Class Presentations

Writing Workshops Available

To reserve one of the presentations below for your class or to request an open workshop for multiple classes/departments, please contact Lindsey Spring,

Avoiding Plagiarism

This presentation provides examples of what plagiarism is, how to avoid it, and how to write effectively using multiple sources. The presentation also addresses common concerns such as the definition of common knowledge, how to avoid plagiarism when paraphrasing, and when and how often to cite. The presentation can be customized according to discipline if desired.

Chicago Style / Turabian

This presentation explains when and how to correctly use Chicago/Turabian in a paper. The necessary components of a Chicago/Turabian style paper are detailed, and include the title or cover page, the correct format for the body of a paper, how to properly use and cite quotations, the importance of integrating sources, the correct format for in-text citations, how to use headings, and how to properly format the bibliography. Example reference list entries of the most common types, including those for electronic sources, are included. A complete paper in Chicago/Turabian format is available as a handout.

Communicating in the Business World

This presentation begins with a brief description of the benefits of effective business communication and how this task can be achieved. The focus of the presentation then moves toward examples and tips for effective verbal and written business communication.

Examples of verbal business communication include presentations, meetings, conferences, conversations, and interviews. Formatting and tips for emails, letters, memos, and executive summaries are included under written business communication. Handouts of sample formats for business emails, letters, memos, and executive summaries are available.

The conclusion of this presentation focuses on the positive impact effective communication can have on new professionals starting work in the business field. An individual reflection activity and a group writing activity are included as supplements for this presentation.

Email Etiquette

Electronic communication is quickly becoming the primary form of communication for much of modern America. However, due to the informal nature of emails, many people disregard the fact that what they send out electronically could potentially be forwarded to hundreds of people. Thus, this presentation discusses the importance of remaining professional while sending emails, specifically discussing how to format and punctuate emails appropriately so that messages are conveyed accurately. Included are several tips and suggestions to make sure that emails are sent and copied to the proper people and to ensure that the tone, salutations, and closings are appropriate.

Essay Organization

Planning and organizing an essay can be a daunting task, especially if one does not have the proper tools. This presentation breaks an essay down into the introduction, thesis statement, body paragraphs, and conclusion, while suggesting strategies for writing each.

Getting Started

Many students confess that the most difficult aspect of writing a paper is getting started. This presentation gives students specific questions to ask themselves before beginning and then suggests techniques such as brainstorming, free writing, and clustering to help them actually begin the process. It concludes by showing how to bring the cluster of ideas into an organized outline.

Integrating Quotations in MLA Style

College freshmen often understand that they need to include quotations in their papers; however, understanding that they need to be included is much different than understanding how to properly include them. This presentation discusses how to avoid plagiarism and how and when to use and integrate quotations properly utilizing MLA Style.

Introductions and Conclusions

Introductions and conclusions are often the most difficult part of a paper; however, they can often be the most crucial as well. This presentation shows students how to begin and end with good impressions that will cause their readers to be more interested in the paper as a whole. It also shows how the introduction and conclusion can be used to guide the body of the paper.

MLA Format

What is MLA Format, and when should it be used? Also included in this presentation:

  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Using quotations properly
  • Citing references in text
  • Creating a reference page


Nothing is more common in college writing than incorrect punctuation. Commas, semicolons, colons, and apostrophes are widely misunderstood and misused. This presentation explains when and how to use these pesky punctuation marks.


This presentation includes samples and tips to assist you in writing an effective resume.  Also included are handouts of action verbs and worksheets to help students brainstorm what should and should not be presented to a potential employer.

Scientific Writing

This presentation discusses the proper format and writing style for scientific papers. It includes a sample lab report, detailed instructions, and examples.

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