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Workshops and Presentations for Students

Winter 2017 Presentations and Workshops

As of now, our presentation and workshop offerings for Winter 2017 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: 

Wed. 1/11/17, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Fri. 1/13/17, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Tue. 1/17/17, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Thurs. 1/19/17, 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Wed. 1/25/17, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Thurs. 1/27/17, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Mon. 1/30/17, 3:00-4:15 p.m.

Tue. 1/31/17, 2:30-3:45 p.m. 

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 January 13th 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 (small group workshops)

While the large group meeting sponsored by Student-Faculty Programs 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 workshop sessions.


Session A: Drop-in one-to-one tutoring

Saturday, 2/11, 12:00 p.m. - 2 p.m., SFL 328

During this time, drop by with two print copies of your draft and talk with a peer tutor for feedback and support.

No sign up is required to attend this drop-in tutoring.

Pizza will be served.


Session B: Small group workshops

Saturday, 2/18, 12:00 p.m. - 2 p.m., SFL 328

Sign up in advance to participate in small group workshops led by HWC peer tutors. Sign up using the Writing Center Scheduler via Please consult these instructions for detailed instructions about how to make your reservation.

Please bring FIVE print copies of your draft to this workshop.

Pizza will be served.




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