ERIC Number: ED199707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Writing Center and the Library: Teaching the Research Paper.
A five-week tutorial minicourse offered by the Douglas/Cook College Writing Center at Rutgers University helps students develop skills in research writing. The first service the Writing Center offers is a "term paper strategy session," in which students meet with a reference librarian to examine the various reference sources available. Students may then return to the writing center for help with notetaking or organizing and revising their papers. The center also offers a "visiting tutor" program, in which a staff member and a librarian visit classes before students begin the research process. Using an experimental group and a control group of students from two sections of a course taught by the same instructor and given the same research assignment, the writing center assistant director and a reference librarian conducted a study to determine the effectiveness of this joint approach. When the final papers were evaluated on an analytical scale it was found that the experimental group, which had been visited by writing center staff and had met with a librarian, produced papers that were better written and contained better research material than those of the control group, which had not received special instruction. The course was so successful that the center plans to expand the program to reach a greater number of students. (Appendixes with the analytical grading scale and a questionnaire given to writing center students are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Research Papers (Students); Rutgers the State University NJ; Writing Laboratories
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (32nd, Dallas, TX, March 26-28, 1981).