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ESL:4190 - ESL Academic Writing: Home & Help

Welcome to the ESL Academic Writing Guide!

It's your library and we are here to help!

This guide contains links to resources and research tips that will be especially useful for research projects. Get started by exploring all the ways you can get help from your library below, and then use the tabs on the left side of the page to explore what you need to know. 

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to recognize when you may need help. Then, seek out that help! No need to be embarrassed! Everyone needs help from time to time, and if you start asking questions now, imagine how much easier life is going to be by the time you are getting ready to graduate! You have resources all around you, and that includes the human resources in the Libraries. Beyond this guide, you have many ways to get help from the University of Iowa Libraries. Don't hesitate to get in touch

You can: 

 Chat with us

 Email us @

 Call us @ 319-335-5299

 SMS us @ 319-313-2395

More contact options...

In addition, try looking at our 60 Second Tutorials for to-the-point video tutorials that give you just the info you need.


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Library Basics Workshops

Library Basics Workshops - Make time now, Save time later

If you have a research paper or project assigned this semester but you're not sure how to use the library, we've got the workshop for you!

Find out how to: 

    1) get help with research
    2) find books
    3) find articles, and
    4) save time searching and citing.

In a fast-paced, 50-minute session, you'll find out how to turn your Googling skills into powerful college-level research skills. The time spent now will be time saved later. 

In Person
Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library (north end, main floor)

Online (using Zoom)
Login using the link below
Try to login a minute or two early
if you can

Wednesday, September 20
5:30-6:20 p.m.

Wednesday, September 27
4:30-5:20 p.m. (+ time for questions)

Wednesday, September 20
6:30-7:20 p.m.

Wednesday, September 27
6:30-7:20 p.m. (+ time for questions)

Monday, September 25
4:30-5:20 p.m. (+ time for questions)

Thursday, September 28
4:30-5:20 p.m. (+ time for questions)


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Cathy Cranston in advance at or 319-384-2090.

Undergraduate Engagement Librarian

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Research Mindset Tip

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Watch this space for tips about how to get yourself into a research mindsetSearching skills can only take you so far when gathering information. You also need to stop and think about your frame of mind and your attitude as you do research. Start thinking about how you are thinking until it becomes second nature. 

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If you have comments, questions, or suggestions, please contact: 

cathy-cranston [AT]