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Nursing Resources: Writing Papers

The University Writing Center and the Online Writing Lab

The University Writing Center (UWC) 
Provides instruction to students, faculty, and staff of the university with basic writing skills and assistance with specific writing assignments in any discipline. For more information, please contact the UWC.

ECU Online Writing Lab (OWL) 
Offers Distance Education students the opportunity to consult with a trained writing center consultant via email. Our OWL allows off-campus students to ask specific questions about their writing in any stage, from invention to the final draft. Online consultants will not simply proofread or edit anyone's paper, but they will gladly answer students' questions and try to provide feedback to improve student writing.


Login to RefWorks

RefWorks is an online reference management, writing, and collaboration tool. RefWorks is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store, and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.


Plagiarism is a serious offense at East Carolina University. The ECU Student Handbook defines plagiarism as "Copying the language, structure, ideas, and/or thoughts of another and adopting same as one's own original work." For more information see The Code of Conduct.

Tips for avoiding plagiarism from The First Year Writing Studio at ECU:

  • Place quotation marks around direct quotes.
  • Paraphrase your source information. This means more than rearranging the structure of a sentence or changing a few words. A good way to do this is to figure out what the source means to you and then write this down without looking at the source.
  • Document all quotes and paraphrased information, and provide a Works Cited page at the end of your paper.
  • In your notes, record quotes, paraphrases, and summaries in an orderly manner so that the page number, source, author/editor, and publication information are carefully noted.

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