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Writing Center

The Writing Center, located on the second floor of Newman Library, is a service of the English department to assist with writing and reading assignments in any university course. They also provide help for writing projects not connected to a class. You can make an appointment or walk-in during open hours. They also offer after hours assistance or via web cam for student using the Northern Virginia Center.


CommLab is a program of the Communication department to provide assistance with oral presentations. You can make an appointment or walk-in during open hours.

Writing a thesis or dissertation

Virginia Tech requires theses or dissertations be submitted in an electronic format. Many file formats are accepted; the style and formatting of your document approved by the Graduate School and your graduate committee. Assistance is available for each step in the ETD process.

Avoiding plagiarism

Plagiarism is claiming someone else’s idea or writing as your own. It is a serious academic integrity violation—see the Undergraduate Honor System for more information. See our list of citation and style manuals for guidance of how to cite the resources used in your research assignments. Printed style manuals with definitive information and examples are available at the reference desks.

EndNote at Virginia Tech


EndNote is bibliographic manager software allows researchers to save and organize results of database searches or lists of bibliographic references. A web-based product called EndNote Online is also available.

The university's site license for EndNote will end on May 1, 2017. After this date, EndNote will be available for individual purchase through Software Distribution, just like Microsoft and Adobe software packages. Access to the free version of EndNote Online will continue. We recommend users consider one of the freely available citation managers like Zotero or Mendeley.

Copyright guidelines

Users of copyrighted materials in research projects, classroom instruction and published works should be aware of copyright issues. Fair use doctrine provides for use of copyrighted materials without permission in several cases.

Writing Center

Who We are

Jennifer Lawrence, Director
Senior Instructor of English

Katie Garahan
Graduate Assistant to the Director

Brooke Covington
Graduate Assistant to the Director

For an appointment, walk in or make an appointment online. For other inquiries, email us at or call (540) 231-5436.