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Writing Center

SEAS is committed to enhancing the writing skills of Cal Maritime students by establishing a pilot program to:
  • Support students in writing clearly and concisely
  • Improve written communication skills for classes and the professional world. 
  • Understand that writing is a complex process.
  • Assist with grammatical concepts.
  • Develop ideas to support a focused thesis statement.
  • Cite sources for academic audiences
  • Understand rhetorical strategies.
  • Create outlines to organize complex ideas.
  • Critique drafts of writing assignments on request.
  • Provide online resources to gain confidence in writing skills


Writing at an academic level can be a leap for many people.  From the format of the paper to proper citation and elevated grammar expectations, it can be a lot to take in.  With that in mind, we've developed a handy college writing guide that can be used by students, or writers in general, at any level.

You can review the guide here:  http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/academic-writing-guide/

In order to make the guide both easy and helpful, we've divided it into a few sections:

  • Types of Academic Writing:  Argument Papers, Research Papers, Expository Papers, Exam Essays, and Academic Proposals
  • Common Writing Pitfalls:  Includes grammar, punctuation, and commonly misspelled words
  • Citations:  MLA, APA, and Chicago are all explained, with examples of each.


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