Writing Lab Services

The Writing Lab can help with the following:

  • Drop-in help: We can look over your rough draft and offer suggestions for improving your writing. We will point out your weak areas, explain corrections, and help you become your own editor.
  • Getting started on a writing task:  See us if you don't know how to start.
  • Citing sources:  We can show you the correct format for all standard citations.
  • Finding a topic:  Let us help you select a topic that fits the assignment.
  • Writer's block:  Stuck? We can help you get going again.
  • Thesis statement:  We'll show you how to write a limited and clear thesis.
  • Term papers:  We can lead you through the process with our step-by-step Research Paper Survival Guide.
  • Avoiding Plagiarism: We can show you how to quote, paraphrase, and cite your sources to avoid plagiarism problems.
  • Presentations: Various topics will be offered throughout the semester; dates and times to be announced.
  • Writing Assistance for Online Students: Students in an online course may submit papers to the Writing Lab for review, but they must adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Email papers to writinglab@siskiyous.edu
    • Send as an attachment (do not copy and paste). Please briefly explain assignment guidelines.
    • A response will usually follow in one to two days.  Please include a street address. If there is any difficulty with your email access, we will respond via U.S. Mail.

We have:

  • Dictionaries and thesauruses for your use
  • Textbooks to use as topic resources
  • Writing handbooks
  • Helpful handouts on many writing concerns
  • Copies of successful papers from a number of COS courses
  • Open workspace
  • And most of all, a friendly, experienced staff!