If you are feeling confused or overwhelmed…
1. Reach out to your classmates
Chances are if you have a question, someone else does to. Or someone may have the answer. For questions about readings, assignments, and tech troubles, use our class email list: CIS150X_201701@davidson.edu. Chances are, if you have a question, someone else does, too.
2. Visit office hours or make an appointment with one of your professors
Dr. Suzanne Churchill, Chambers 3288
You don’t need an appointment for my office hours, which are Mon 1:30-3 pm & Thu 1-2:30 pm. If these times conflict with your schedule, e-mail me at email@example.com to schedule an appointment. I enjoy conversations in person and try never to advise by email. You can find out more about me, including “how to get recommendations,” at suzannechurchill.com.
Dr. Shelley Rigger, Preyer 111
You don’t need an appointment during my office hours, which are: Mon 1 – 2:30 pm, Fri 10:30-noon. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment outside of those windows.
3. Go to the Writing Center
The Writing Center can help you at any stage in the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to fine-tuning your bibliography.
4. Get to know the Reference Desk
Our library staff is terrific and eager to help.
5. Visit the Center for Teaching & Learning
Discover an array of resources geared to all levels, disciplines, & concerns. You can find a list of academic support resources on the College website. For assistance through the Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources contact Mallory Hall at email@example.com.
6. Consult a Media Consultant
Tutors are available, Sun.–Thu., 8-11 pm, Studio D, no appointment necessary. You can find a list of technological training and support on the College website.
7. Contact Counseling Services or Public Safety
Learn about the counseling resources and public safety services available to all enrolled Davidson students free of charge. Your academic success depends on your psychological and physical well being.
8. Practice Mindfulness Meditations
Online Writing Resources
Use the wealth of resources assembled in Composing Arguments: a Resource on Academic Writing for Davidson Students. It includes helpful on all stages of the writing process and offers links to citation guidelines for MLA Style.
My MLA Style Synopsis both describes and models MLA Style for print media. You may need to adapt MLA Style to digital environments. The important thing, whether working in print or digital form, is to identify all sources quoted, paraphrased, or consulted, and provide a link or citation that will guide your reader to the original source.
Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) includes an MLA Formatting and Style Guide—an excellent, searchable resource for figuring how to cite different types of print and digital texts, including films, paintings, videos, lectures, conversations, etc.
Search Creative Commons for public domain images that aren’t bound by copyright.
The Writer’s Diet test is an online tool to help you diagnose clutter, flabbiness, and other weaknesses in your writing. Just cut and paste your text in, run the test, and read your results.
Zotero is a free, open source, easy-to-use citation management tool that helps you to collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It also allows you to generate a bibliography in a snap. But remember to double check the citations it produces, because it often gets something wrong or leaves out crucial information (like the author).