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Research & Writing Center

Research & Writing Center


Research & Writing Center

Schedule an Appointment or call us at 423-236-2014

The Research & Writing Center is your reseach and writing resource at SAU. We offer one-to-one, individualized tutorial sessions for undergraduate and graduate students. Our tutors are dedicated, experienced peer writers who are CRLA certified, who excel at working with others in a professional academic environment, and who are trained in the research and writing process. Wherever you are in the research or writing process, regardless of the course or discipline, we can help.

What happens in a Research & Writing Center session?

Each session with a tutor lasts 25-55 minutes. You and the tutor will read and discuss the piece of writing you are working on. By the time you leave the Center, you should have a clearer sense of where you want to go next and some strategies to help you get there. Our tutors are happy to work with you on the following:

  • brainstorming at the start of an assignment
  • clarifying your paper’s organization and flow
  • developing and sustaining an argument
  • incorporating research and sources effectively
  • citing sources accurately in MLA, APA, or Chicago style
  • editing your paper

What should I bring to the Center?       

  • The assignment sheet and rubric for the piece of writing that you are working on
  • A hard copy of the piece of writing you are working on

How can I schedule an appointment?

To schedule a session, click here for the online scheduler. You will need to register for an account first. Once you have registered, you will be able to sign in and schedule an appointment at a date and time that works with your schedule. You may schedule an appointment up to the desired appointment time. You may make a 25-minute or 55-minute appointment. Please make sure that you come to a scheduled appointment on time. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will be considered a no-show. If you miss three appointments, you will not be able to make an appointment online until you speak with the director. If you can't make it to your appointment, please cancel the appointment as soon as possible so that another student can schedule an appointment at that time. Walk-ins are also welcome, though scheduling sessions in advance is highly recommended.

If you would like to schedule an online appointment with the Research & Writing Center, this tutorial will guide you through the process. Please note that online appointments are reserved for online students.

Winter 2016 Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday: 2:00 - 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed