With our expansion of online learning, Crystal Fjord University is bringing some of our Writing Center aid online. Local students can still visit our office in the Library building, but now anyone can get answers to the most common questions by following the links below. You can use the contact form on the bottom of the page to ask a new question. We will add to the list of links as we discover that multiple students are asking the same or similar questions.
WordPress.com Student Assistance: Directions for setting up students’ WordPress.com accounts and websites are located on the WordPress Student Help page. WordPress.com will be used by students to give assignments to professors and to create online portfolios.
Citing References: Most of our departments use the Modern Language Association (MLA) or the American Psychological Association (APA) reference/writing style. Departments in the Education, Human Services, and Humanities Colleges use the APA style, while all other departments tend to use the MLA style. If your professor did not mention which style to use, assume that he or she is using the style that is generally appropriate for his or her department.
APA Style (from Perdu University): https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
MLA Style (from Perdu University): https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
Two common online reference builders are Citation Machine (http://www.citationmachine.net) and BibMe (http://www.bibme.org/citation-guide). While these sources can be helpful, graduate students may find that they lack the nuances many professors expect. Graduate students (and some undergraduate students) in many departments will be expected to purchase the complete or summarized style guide used by that department.
Reading and Writing Classes: The Writing Center offers reading and writing classes to students who are not yet ready to take College Composition courses. This determination is made based on transcripts from previous schools and the writing sample(s) that students submit during the admissions process. Students requiring reading and/or writing classes will be notified in their acceptance letters.
English as a Second Language Classes: Some students whose native language is other than English will be required to take specialized English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. This determination is made based on transcripts from previous schools and the writing sample(s) that students submit during the admissions process. Students requiring ESL classes will be notified in their acceptance letters.