The mission of the Sterling College Writing Center is to equip students to be writers of academic and professional integrity. It is a helpful place for students needing assignment-specific or discipline-specific writing assistance. Students who simply want to grow as writers may also benefit from its services. The Writing Center is located in Mabee Library. Hours vary each semester, so consult the office for a posted schedule or contact Academic Support at 620-278-4463 or Contact the Writing Center directly at

What Students Can Expect from the Writing Center

Personnel in the Writing Center will:

  • review papers and identify grammatical and mechanical weaknesses--then work with students to address weaknesses and common mistakes
  • offer guidance about the organization and structure of papers
  • help students determine if they have met the requirements of an assignment
  • provide feedback about the quality of thesis statements and supporting arguments
  • provide instruction and counsel about source documentation

Personnel in the Writing Center will not:

  • proofread, edit, or "correct" papers
  • write papers or sections of papers
  • conduct research

What Students Should Bring to the Writing Center

Students should bring to their Writing Center appointments any documentation/information that will help Writing Center personnel customize instruction--assignment directions, notes from instructors in which specific concerns or writing mistakes are identified, etc. Students needing help on specific assignments must bring the instructor's assignment directions.

Citation Information

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab has great information about how to cite resources using MLA, APA, and Chicago (Turabian) citation styles. Click here to access that information.

The University of North Carolina's Online Writing Center also makes helpful handouts available on its Web site. Click here to access UNC's Writing Center handouts.

Worksheets and Handouts:

Avoiding Plagiarism (Handout)
Reading for Thesis-Statement Ideas (Worksheet)
Writing Thesis Statements (Worksheet)
Writing an Introduction (Worksheet)
Supporting Arguments (Worksheet)
Transitions (Worksheet)
Conciseness (Worksheet)

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