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Writing Assistance

We're dedicated to helping you become a stronger, more confident writer. We focus on academic writing for courses, such as essays and presentations, and career-related documents, such as resumes and cover letters.

In addition to assisting you with your writing project, we'll strengthen your writing skills. We'll help identify what you do well and what you should focus on in the future. We also offer workshops and presentations on writing topics.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 815-753-6636 or

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Our Services

Topics we address include:

  • Understanding assignment prompts.
  • Brainstorming and research strategies.
  • Documentation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).
  • Thesis development and argumentation.
  • Organization.
  • Grammar and punctuation.
  • Quote integration.
  • Clarity and coherence.

Projects we can help you with include:

  • Academic essays.
  • Personal statements, resumes and cover letters.
  • ELL practice.
  • Test preparation (GRE, GMAT, basic skills, SPEAK/TOEFL, CLEP, comprehensive, etc.).
  • Websites and electronic portfolios.
  • Personal and creative writing.
  • Capstones, dissertations and theses.
  • Conference papers.
  • Speeches and presentations.

Writing Coaches

You'll work with one of our writing coaches. Our coaches are NIU undergraduate and graduate students. They're pursuing degrees in a wide range of subjects and understand the nuances of discipline-specific writing. They receive training before they meet with writers. Learn about becoming a writing coach.

University Libraries

In addition to our master’s degrees in Library Science, faculty librarians have additional advanced degrees and experience in other disciplines. Among the many things we can help you with are:

  • Refining your topic.
  • Selecting appropriate resources to consult.
  • Building effective search strategies in database resources.
  • Evaluating the results of your searches.
  • Determining how best to incorporate them into your research projects.

The Subject Specialist Librarians enjoy assisting undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff in person when the University Libraries is open, by chat or text during business hours via the chat our homepage, or by personal appointment via phone, Teams or other mutually agreed upon format.

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