Help

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: ENG3940_201701@davidson.edu. Chances are, if you have a question, someone else does, too.

2. Visit office hours or make an appointment with your professor

I am eager to get to know you and support you as best I can. I enjoy conversations in person and try never to advise by email.  You don’t need an appointment for my office hours, which are Mon 1:30-3 pm & Thu 1-2:30 pm, in Chambers 3288. If these times conflict with your schedule, please e-mail me at suchurchill@davidson.edu to schedule an appointment. You can find out more about me, including “how to get recommendations,” at suzannechurchill.com.

3. Go to the Writing Center

The Writing Center provides help at any stage in the writing process.

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  mahall@davidson.edu.

6. Consult a Media Tutor

Tutors are available, Sun.–Thu., 7-10 pm, Studio D. 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

You can find free mindfulness meditations at the UCLA Mindful Aware Research Center and at Stop, Breathe & Think.

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 Guidean 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).