Writing and Research

Princeton undergraduates regularly benefit from rich campus resources to help with their academic writing and research.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center offers free one-on-one conferences with experienced fellow writers trained to consult on assignments in any discipline. Writing Center Fellows can offer advice at any stage in a writing project, from brainstorming to developing a thesis, structuring an argument and revising a draft. Students preparing oral presentations from written arguments may make an appointment to organize their talk or practice their delivery. Juniors and seniors working on independent research projects, such as the JP and the thesis, may sign up with a Graduate Fellow in the discipline of their choice for special 80-minute conferences.

Reference Librarians

Reference librarians can help students make a research plan, find sources (electronic and print) and provide guidance through the research and citation process. There are many ways to ask a librarian for help. You can visit the reference desks in Firestone Library or any branch library, chat live with a librarian through instant messaging, or email a question to the Library’s online reference service. It's also possible to schedule a research appointment with a librarian, or to contact a subject specialist by e-mail or telephone.