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Writing Center

Help with writing for college and for life

Communicating clearly is an essential skill no matter if you are writing a research or opinion paper or conducting business. When you need help with school papers or want to improve your writing ability, our tutors can show you how!

At CGCC’s Writing Center, we provide:

  • Free one-on-one tutoring sessions with experienced tutors
  • Ten computer stations for writing as well as conducting online research and completing computer training modules
  • Access to handouts, books, workshops and online resources
  • A comfortable, quiet study area
  • A great setting for small-group work

  • Join us in person at the Pecos and Williams Campus Math Tutoring Centers and/or online via Cranium Café to connect live with a CGCC writing tutor.
  • No appointment is needed, drop in today!

When CGCC tutors are not available, log into Brainfuse and use the Live Help option to connect with a Brainfuse tutor. This service is free and available to CGCC students; however, your time is limited to 2 hours per semester. To use Brainfuse, log in with your MEID and password.


In addition to individual tutoring, our Writing Centers also offer workshops on related topics. Check back often to see what’s coming up.

Fall 2021 Writing Center Workshops

Title: Write This Way: APA
Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Ashli Lomeli
In-person: Pecos, LIB105
Description: APA formatting and documentation can appear overwhelming if you haven’t used it before, whether you’re writing a lab report or a psychological case study. No need to fear: this workshop will provide you with APA formatting and documentation requirements.

Title: Write This Way: MLA
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Elizabeth Barrett
In-person: Pecos, LIB105
Description: MLA, that often required, seldom understood documentation style that keeps you up at night. Sleep soundly from now on! This workshop will guide you through proper MLA formatting and documentation to ensure that your essay is presented exactly how it should be.

MLA Workshop Series

The MLA Workshop Series consists of three videos referencing the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. View these videos to learn more about MLA formatting and download resources and activities to help you practice what you’ve learned. Be sure to double-check with your instructor to verify that you are using the appropriate edition of the MLA Handbook for your assignment citations.

If your instructor is providing credit for completing these online workshops, bring the completed MLA Workshop Packet to the Writing Center (LIB230) to have a tutor discuss your work with you and provide a stamp of completion. You will need to watch all three videos and complete the three activities (MLA Format, In-Text Citation, and Works Cited Page), to receive full credit for the MLA Workshop.

1- Format a Document in MLA Style

After watching this video, you will be able to

  • Format any document perfectly in MLA style.

MLA Format Handout (PDF)
MLA Format Checklist (PDF)

2- In-Text Citations

After watching this video, you will be able to

  • Format a parenthetical citation using MLA style.
  • Give credit to sources used in your text.
  • Properly cite different types of sources or sources that might be lacking information.
  • Use a model to check your work.

In–Text Citation Handout (PDF)

3- Works Cited

After watching this video, you will be able to

  • Properly format a Works Cited page in MLA style.
  • Format a Works Cited entry based on the type of source you are using.
  • Use a model to check your work.

Works Cited Checklist (PDF)
MLA Citation Format Simplified (9th ed)
MLA Work Cited Formatting (9th ed)