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Workshops and Presentations for Students

Winter 2018 Presentations and Workshops

As of now, our presentation and workshop offerings for winter 2018 are as follows. Please check back frequently for updates.

Working with Sources: Avoiding Plagiarism and Working Effectively with the Texts of Others (presentation)

Being able to present the ideas, language, or data of another writer in both an effective and ethical manner requires specialized knowledge and a great deal of work. Standards and practices for attribution vary meaningfully by discipline, and they also often depend upon genre and audience. How can students feel confident they are not misappropriating ideas or language? What resources exist at Caltech to help students do this work?

This presentation helps students understand not only the common practices of academic attribution of ideas, but also the values that make correct attribution so important to the scholarly community. Students will leave the presentation with a broad understanding of the many kinds and causes of plagiarism, along with an awareness of the work required to prevent it in their own college writing.

Dates and times: 

Tuesday 1/16 2:30 p.m. -3:45 p.m.

Thursday, 1/18, 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Friday, 1/19, 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, 1/23, 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Wednesday, 1/24, 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Thursday, 2/1, 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Monday 3/12, 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. (make-up, during reading days)

If you are required to attend this presentation and have classes during all scheduled presentation times, please email us at so we can accommodate you. 

Location: Hixon Writing Center

An advance reservation made by Janary 12 is required to attend this workshop. Ready to sign up? Sign-ups occur in the Writing Center Scheduler via Please consult these instructions for detailed instructions about how to make your reservation.


Writing a Successful SURF proposal (drop-in tutoring sessions)

While the large group meeting held on February 5th at noon will explain the basics of the proposal and give you an opportunity to ask questions about it, it will not be a venue for reviewing your draft. Sharing your draft with others, including your mentor and co-mentor, is crucial to writing an excellent proposal. To help you out, the HWC will host two drop-in tutoring sessions with peer tutors for students working on proposals.

Session A: Sunday 2/11, 3-5 p.m., SFL 326

Session B: Sunday 2/18, 3-5 p.m., SFL 326

You do not need to sign up to attend these drop-in sessions. They will be first-come, first-served. Keep in mind you can also sign up for our regular tutoring hours to discuss a SURF proposal at other times with a peer tutor, STEM Writing Specialist, or Generalist Writing Specialist.