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Getting Started:
For Undergraduate Students

This guide provides starting points for students interested in using the Writing Center.

Welcome to the Writing Center

Welcome to the Walden Writing Center! Whether you are working on presenting your ideas in an academic voice or learning the finer points of grammar, the Writing Center is here to help you achieve your goal. Watch this brief video for an overview of the Center.

Note that this video was created while APA 6 was the style guide edition in use. There may be some examples of writing that have not been updated to APA 7 guidelines.


The Writing Center’s hub is the website, and we want to make it easy for you to navigate. Below we have organized some tips by student type. Select which statement best represents you, and then read through the material. These tips should help you find the information you need.


You can also visit our collection of resources for undergraduate students by visiting our Undergraduate Writing page.

The New Student

I’m new to Walden and the Writing Center. I want an overview of college-level writing and how to get help.

The Curious Student

I want to browse writing topics for more general information so that I can improve.

Maybe you would like to learn more about grammar, or you would like to find out about our personalized writing help? Clicking through the sections of our site can help you discover new resources.

Tabs at the Top

The tabs across the top of our site break our content down by specific area:

  • Writing Help
    • Direct writing assistance in the form of paper reviews, interactive webinars and media, and course- and program-specific tips
  • Grammar & Composition
    • The building blocks of writing, including sentence structure, punctuation, paragraphs, and the components of an academic paper
  • Scholarly Writing
    • Writing academically, including an appropriate voice, use of evidence, and clear, direct wording. Contains tips for common course assignments.
  • APA Style
    • Giving credit to sources through APA citations and references, as well as paper templates to use for assignments.
  • About
    • The Writing Center’s mission, staff, and contact options.

Left-Side Navigation

Within each tab, there is a left-side menu that functions as a table of contents for that tab. Use this menu to browse within each larger topic.

Once you have a more specific idea of the topic you need information about, you can move on to searching.

The Focused Student

I have a specific question that I need answered.


If you already know the specific information you want, try using the search function of our site. Just type a keyword or phrase into the box, and you will get a list of all the pages on our website and blog that include the search term(s). Use simple, specific keywords for best results.

Quick Answers

Access this database of frequently asked questions to find an answer to your own.


If you still have questions, Ask OASIS.

The Social Student

I don’t have a question right now; I just want to be part of the Walden writing community.

Sign up for the Writing Center Newsletter. Get announcements, weekly writing tips, and resources to help with your writing at Walden. Simply enter your e-mail address​ to start receiving our weekly writing news.

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