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Do you hate writing citations? This workshop will help you learn about some different tools available to manage citations during the research process, and show you how to integrate that software with Google Docs and Microsoft Word. Audience members are encouraged to bring computers/tablets and material(s) in progress to the workshop.

All workshops are held in HEAV 220, 1:30-2:30 PM.

Registration is required and open to all Purdue students, staff, and faculty. Please visit our online schedule and choose the "Group Programs" schedule from the menu to register.
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Writers' Room This fall the Writers' Room will be available the first and third Wednesday of every month from now until Dec 4.  All Writers' Rooms will be held in WALC 2124, 4 pm - 6 pm. The seats are powered, so feel free to bring laptops.

Registration is required and open to all Purdue students, staff, and faculty. Please visit our online schedule and choose the "Group Programs" schedule from the menu to register.
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Visit our daily conversation groups to enhance your English language skills weekdays between now and Dec 11.  All conversation groups are held in HEAV 220.
  • Mon –  10:30 am-11:30 am
  • Tues (TV Snack Chat) – 1:30 pm-2:30 pm 
  • Wed – 3:30 pm-4:30 pm 
  • Thurs – 11:30 am-12:3A0 pm 
  • Fri – 10:30 am-11:30 am
Registration is required and open to all Purdue students, staff, and faculty.  Please visit our online schedule and choose the "Group Programs" schedule from the menu to register.
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By Nathan M., Tutor

In a few of my most recent appointments, a subject that I have touched on is effective research practices, which almost always relates to the question "how do I find scholarly resources?" Particularly in humanities classes, like ENGL 106, instructors will emphasize using scholarly articles in your written assignments. This can be intimidating, especially if you've never had to do it before.

Whenever clients ask me how to find scholarly sources, I always refer them to the Purdue Libraries website—an indispensable resource for any Purdue student. The Purdue Libraries offer millions of digital and hard-copy scholarly resources that touch on just about any academic topic one could conceive. However, this can be intimidating in itself—how do you sift through this massive amount of material? What if your topic is complicated and you don't know how to type it into the search bar? What if you don't find what you're looking for?

To the first question, using the advanced search bar when looking up sources on the Libraries website is crucial. You can narrow down the focus to a specific author, a specific date (or date range) of publication, and even down to the specific format of document you'd like (article, book, audio, etc). To the second question, think of key words—you may not be able to type every detail of your topic into the search bar, but if you can think of one or two key words that are important to your topic, start your search there. To the third question, even if you can't find any sources that pinpoint your topic directly, look through sources that seem somewhat related—their bibliographies are incredibly useful and can often point you toward what you're looking for. If you still find yourself struggling with seeking out sources, always remember that both the research librarians and the Writing Lab tutors can help you out—after all, it is our job to do so!
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Tutoring Schedule & Locations

Visit us in Heavilon Hall 226, Purdue University, West Lafayette campus.

Schedule a tutoring appointment at any location with our online scheduler.

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Phone: 765-494-3723

Main Location and Hours (Spring 2020)

Heavilon 226
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Satellite Locations and Hours (Spring 2020)

Hicks Undergraduate Library
Tuesday - Thursday: 2:00 - 4:30 PM

HSSE Library - Collaborative Study Center (CSC)
Monday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Asian American and Asian Resource and Culture Center (AAARCC)
Tuesday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Gatewood Wing, Rooms 2138 & 2142
Wednesday: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Appointments required at all locations.