We're dedicated to helping you become a stronger, more confident writer. We focus on academic writing for courses and career-related documents. In addition to assisting you with your writing project, 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.
Topics we address include:
Understanding assignment prompts
Brainstorming and research strategies
Documentation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)
Thesis development and argumentation
Grammar and punctuation
Clarity and coherence
Projects we can help you with include:
Personal statements and cover letters
Websites and electronic portfolios
Personal and creative writing
Capstones, dissertations and theses
Speeches and presentations
Work with a Writing Consultant
Our writing consultants 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 consultant.
During spring 2024, we offer drop-in or scheduled face-to-face sessions Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4p.m. in Founders Memorial Library 152. We're closed on university holidays and during breaks.
We're offering virtual sessions during spring 2024 that can be scheduled through Navigateand take place on Zoom. Sessions are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. plus select evenings and weekends. We’re closed on university holidays and during breaks.
In addition to master’s degrees in library science, the faculty librarians at University Libraries have additional advanced degrees and experience in other disciplines. Among the many things they 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 assist undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff. They're available in person when the University Libraries is open, by chat or text during business hours via chat on the library's website, or by appointment over the phone, Teams or another format.