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ENGR 1201: Writing & Citing

Writing Center

Need Help with writing your paper or citing? The Writing Center is here for you!                                      

You can visit with a tutor in the Writing Center office, drop-in at the library, or even consult a tutor online. See below for details:

Writing Center Office: 

Hours- M-Th 9am- 6pm  CAS 202

 Schedule an appointment by email ( or call 903-565-5995

 Drop-in sessions are also okay but are on a first come, first served basis if there is a tutor available.

 2 appointments/ week

 Bring a copy of your paper and a copy of the paper assignment

Library Late Night Hours:

• T-Th 8pm-10pm    Located in the main library lobby area

• Only drop-in sessions, no appointments necessary

• Bring a copy of your paper and a copy of the paper assignment

Online Tutoring:

You still need to schedule a time to meet with a tutor either by email or phone ( or 903-565-5995)

 The only difference in online sessions, is you email your paper and assignment instructions to the writing center's email address before your appointment time, and, at your appointment time, you wait to get an email from us with further instructions. 

 Online tutoring uses GoogleDocs for real time tutoring help

In all sessions, you must be an active participant in your session by asking and answering questions. Our approach is to teach students writing skills and editing strategies; we do not edit papers for students. Our hope is that students will learn enough about writing and editing to make our assistance unnecessary in the future.

How-To Write Your Paper or Lab Report or Design Your Poster

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) has a guide for writing in engineering that can be quite useful! Also, always check the professional organizations for their guidelines.


The Civil Engineering Writing Project


These articles provide valuable suggestions for different types of technical writing that  may be required in different courses or conferences.


Print posters at the Copy Center in LIB102. Call them at 903.566.7236 for pricing and hours!


A citation is the method that is used within a document, to give credit to the original author(s) and are done within the document. A reference list is usually found at the end of the document. This list (bibliography) contains details like: name of author and work, date published, page number, and if applicable, volume and issue number, place of publication, DOI (digital object identifier), and website link.

The professor will tell students which format or style manual to use when for the research paper, presentation, or poster. This website provides examples in APA and MLA styles by providing examples on creating reference lists, how to format a table or figure, how a specific document is to be formatted, and other document creation topics.

Other commonly used ones are seen listed here. If another type of citation style not found on this list, contact the STEM librarian.

Books on Writing

Writing in Engineering

Clear and Concise Communications for Scientists and Engineers

Communication Practices in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Research for Food, Drug, and Water Safety

Introduction to Engineering Communication


Most scientific and technical citations require an abbreviated form of the journal title. The CASSI tool can help! Enter the title of your journal to find the exact abbreviation, or use the same word from other titles to see how it is abbreviated.

For example, the Journal of Environmental Engineering is not in CASSI. But, we can find a journal that has most of the words.

Publication Title: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering

Abbreviated Title: J. Environ. Chem. Eng.

The abbreviation for our journal is J. Environ. Eng.

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