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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 a software product that allows researchers to save and organize results of database searches or lists of bibliographic references. There are several similar products (ProCite, Reference Manager, RefWorks, WriteNote, Zotero, and Bookends) that provide the same functionality, but the university has a site license for EndNote only. A web-based product called EndNote Web is also available.

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 Hours

For an appointment, stop by or call (540) 231-5436 during open hours.

Open Hours

(during fall and spring semesters)

Sunday Night: 8pm-10pm (drop-in sessions and limited to 30 minutes or less)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9am-10pm

Thursday and Friday: 9am-5pm

Femoyer Hall

Monday-Thursday, 6pm-8pm

For an appointment at Femoyer, visit or call 231-5499.

Graduate Life Center

(drop-in sessions and graduate students only)

Thursdays 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Room D

Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library (Blacksburg)

Tuesday and Wednesday 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

February 4th-May 8th

Northern Virginia Students

Writing support available via Skype, by appointment only.

Northern Virginia students can email Jennifer Lawrence,, to make an appointment.