Writing Resources

On-Campus Resources

Nicholas School Communications Studio
The Nicholas School Communications Studio is a writing resource for environmental professionals to work toward the improvement of written communications. The studio offers one-on-one consultations, information on proper methods of citation, and communication trainings. For more info, visit http://sites.nicholas.duke.edu/studio/

Duke Writing Studio
All Nicholas School professional students have access to the writing consultants in the Duke Writing Studio. The consultants are trained to work with both native and non-native English speakers. The Writing Studio might be particularly useful for those international students who placed out of writing courses, but could use some help in refining their writing to more closely approximate a Western academic writing style. International graduate students can schedule advance appointments at the Writing Studio with ESL-trained tutors to work through drafts of proposals, dissertations, journal articles, and other writing projects. The Writing Studio now also offers e-tutoring, but they do suggest that the first appointment be face-to-face. To sign up for writing appointments, use the online sign-in procedure on the Writing Studio Web site. Please let the Office of Professional Studies or Maria Parker know if you have difficulty getting an appointment.

Additional Editing Resources
Students who require more sustained editing help than can be provided by the consultations arranged by the Nicholas School will need to pay an editor themselves. The following editors have connections or previously worked with the Nicholas School:

Dr. Ann Motten - ann.motten@duke.edu

Dr. Wayne Mayer - wem4@duke.edu

Elizabeth Vincent - Elizabeth.L.Vincent60@gmail.com

Freelance editors associated with UNC:

Example of a professional editing service:

Online Resources

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Writing Guides:

Other Writing Resources

  1. UNC Writing Center Help for Hire board (http://writingcenter.unc.edu/about/help-for-hire/); This is a long list of freelance editors in the Triangle area. These postings aren’t affiliated with or endorsed by The UNC Writing Center. Students have to make payment arrangements independently.
  2. ServiceScape provides freelance editing help for hire (www.servicescape.com). Editors are categorized by specialty (ie – academic writing, business writing, writing for job applications, etc.).  Nicholas students can access the site and make payment arrangements individually.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

  1. Duke ESL Resources (grammar help, dictionaries, vocabulary): https://twp.duke.edu/twp-writing-studio/resources-students
  2. Purdue Online Writing Lab (academic writing plagiarism, writing for international audiences, and more): http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/5/25/
  3. The Writing Studio also offers a special series of Writing Workshops geared specifically towards ESL students. Students can see the full list of workshops available here: (https://twp.duke.edu/twp-writing-studio/resources-students/esl
  4. Duke English for International Students Program (https://gradschool.duke.edu/academics/english-international-students)
    This program offers courses in oral communication and academic writing for graduate ESL students.
  5. International House - List of classes, resources and contacts for ESL students at Duke and in Durham (https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/ihouse/living-essentials/english-second-language-esl)
  6. International House, Private ESL Tutor List (https://studentaffairs.duke.edu/ihouse/living-essentials/english-second-language-esl)
    International House maintains this list, but does not interview or vet these tutors. Students have to make payment arrangements independently.
  7. Durham Tech offers free ESL Classes (http://www.durhamtech.edu/cgl/esl.htm)

Avoiding Plagiarism in American Academic Writing:

is it Plagiarism?

Develop a topic based on what has already been said and written BUT Write something new and original
Rely on experts' and authorities' opinions BUT Improve upon and/or disagree with those same opinions
Give credit to previous researchers BUT Make your own significant contribution
Improve your English to fit into a
discourse community by building upon what you hear and read
BUT Use your own words and your own voice

table above from: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/

Duke Library resources on avoiding plagiarism: http://library.duke.edu/research/plagiarism/

Purdue Online Writing Lab info on avoiding plagiarism: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/