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Facts for Faculty

When directing specific students to the Writing Center, we recommend you tell them to select your email address when prompted on the appointment form. This will ensure that you receive a copy of their client report form to know what was worked on during the appointment.

The Writing Center occasionally has faculty requests for editing of journal articles and other writing. The Writing Center's mission keeps our focus on SMSU students. Faculty members seeking editing services may want to contact one of the services listed below. These sites may require payment for services provided. The Writing Center does not endorse any of these services, and only offers them as alternatives.

Modern Writing Services ~ "Created by English PhD's Molly Gage and Jessica Knight, Modern Writing Services offers editorial expertise on high-stakes writing projects."

English Science Editing ~ "English Science Editing offers a professional editing service to scientists, clinicians, and engineers who are not native English speakers. We specialize in the editing of scientific documents before they are submitted for publication in the peer-reviewed literature, ensuring that the standard of English in each document reaches the level expected of an expert native speaker. This allows editors and referees to focus on the scientific content of the document, without having their judgment distracted by confusing or inaccurate English usage."

Resources for Writers

MLA Citation at Purdue OWL ~ This site provides an outline for MLA citing of several sources such as books, online newspaper articles, interviews, etc. This site also includes the basic set-up of a document in MLA style. The Purdue OWL continuously updates the style guide to the most current MLA information.

APA Citation at Purdue OWL  ~  This site provides an outline for APA citing of several sources such as books, online newspaper articles, interviews, etc., and includes the basic set-up of a document in APA style.The Purdue OWL continuously updates the style guide to the most current APA information.

Chicago/Turabian Style Guide ~ "The Chicago or Turabian style, sometimes called documentary note or humanities style, places bibliographic citations at the bottom of a page or at the end of a paper. You can find specific formatting, footnoting, and bibliographic information." ~ This site creates MLA and APA citation pages for users. The site can be used for free or users may subscribe to access more features.

Writing Commons ~ "A free, comprehensive, peer-reviewed, award-winning Open Text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research."

Merriam-Webster Online ~ This is the Merriam-Webster dictionary/thesaurus webpage. Look up definitions, discover new words, listen to pronunciations, expand your vocabulary by learning the word of the day, and more.

Tools for Teachers

MN State Board of Teaching ~ This link is to the Minnesota State Board of Teaching. It includes information on licensing and also various new rules and regulations. It also includes the minutes of recent meetings.

CC.BetterLesson ~ "Introducing CC.BetterLesson — a brand new, free resource from the BetterLesson team featuring the highest quality Common Core-aligned lessons created through our Master Teacher Project. Over 3,000 complete Common Core-aligned lessons from our 130 Master Teachers."

Teaching Resources ~ This site, from the National Council of Teachers of English, provides tools and resources for teachers of English on the elementary, middle school, secondary, and college level. There's information and resources for new teachers also.

ReadWriteThink ~ "Our mission is to provide educators, parents, and after school professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials."


Dave's ESL Cafe ~ Dave's ESL Cafe provides various resources to help aid students who have questions about English. Some interesting aspects of this site include the help center, FAQs, a pronunciation guide, and also quizzes.

ESL Flow ~ ESL Flow offers a variety of activities and lessons at three different levels for learning and teaching the English language.

Busy Teacher ~ This site offers over 1,300 free ESL essentials for learning and teaching the English language.

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