Students are welcome to come to the Center for a quiet place to write. When students visit the Writing Center, they will find not only tutors ready to work with them, but also a variety of resource materials to help them with their written work. Below is a partial list of what is available.

Writing Center Resources

  • Dictionaries - including foreign language dictionaries for French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Russian
  • Thesauruses - books of quotations, famous speeches, proverbs, literary terms
  • Reference Books

    • writing the college application essay
    • writing essay exams
    • writing about biology, history, sociology, and film
    • special formats and conventions of English in the business world
    • navigating the Internet
  • Grammar Guides - grammar handbooks and exercise books, including the standard DCC grammar reference book
  • Texts - textbooks used in campus composition and reading classes
  • ESL - reference materials for ESL students
  • Studies - studies in writing theory, writing across the curriculum, journal writing, portfolio assessment
  • Anthologies - literature anthologies and guides to critical analysis
  • Articles - articles on writing-related topics, e.g., collaborative learning, composition theory, writing centers, writing across the curriculum, English as a second language, linguistic studies
  • Research - books and handouts on writing the research paper, including guides for documentation in the MLA and APA styles
  • Sample Papers - a file of assignments and sample papers for selected classes. Instructors have placed on file model student papers that effectively respond to specific assignments.
  • Handouts - a large file of handouts on many topics of grammar, mechanics, style, and essay writing, including

    • comma usage, comma splices
    • semicolons, colons
    • pronoun reference
    • scientific words, commonly mistaken words
    • outlines
    • brainstorming, clustering
    • conciseness in style
    • logical fallacies

      Check out these widely used handouts in the Writing Center:

          Writing Analytical Essays

          Writing Character Analyses

          Writing Critical Essays about Literature

         Writing Argumentative/Persuasive Essays

      Visit the DCC Library's links to important information and tutorials about writing researched papers, including

Books are for use in the Writing Center only.