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Online Guide to Writing and Research

The Writing Process


Getting Feedback

Whether you seek feedback from the writing center, your instructor, or friends and family, the overall goal is to allow a fresh set of eyes the opportunity to look for both higher and lower order concerns:

  • Is the thesis clear?

  • Does the introduction meet the goals and grab attention?

  • Are the assignment expectations met?

  • Does the structure and organization make sense and support the thesis? 

  • Are the body paragraphs structured logically?

  • Are the ideas adequately developed to support the argument?

  • Do outside sources seamlessly integrate into the argument?

  • Is the content written for the proper audience? 

  • Are the voice and tone formal and academic?

  • Is the conclusion paragraph well developed?

  • Are the sentences concise and clear?

  • Are ideas presented with smooth transitions? 

  • Is proper punctuation used?

  • Is there a variety of words used, without repetition? 

  • Are there any spelling errors?

  • Does the paper meet formatting expectations? 

  • Are outside sources properly cited?

  • Are tenses consistent? 

University of Maryland Global Campus Writing Support

The Effective Writing Center

The Effective Writing Center offers an array of writing-related services to the University of Maryland Global Campus community. Here, you can find resources to help you improve your writing. Whether you need assistance getting started with an assignment or need someone to help you polish your work, the EWC provides the following services:

  • Submit any writing assignment from any course to the Effective Writing Center for feedback. 

  • E-mail writing-related questions to

  • Participate in self-study activities in which you will learn about aspects of research and writing. 

  • Review this guide, which offers you a wealth of information on such topics as the writing and research processes; academic integrity, documentation, and using library resources; writing assessment and self-assessment; and collaborative writing and peer review. 

  • Utilize the Effective Writing Center's resources and links to information on various writing topics, including prewriting, writing, and revising; grammar, punctuation, and mechanics; research, planning, and implementation; academic integrity and documentation; English as a Second Language; and writing for various disciplines.


Checklist for Feedback on Writing Assignments

Key Takeaways

  • Focusing on higher and lower order concerns assists you in addressing all parts of your writing.
  • Relying on the Effective Writing Center for support will improve your writing skills and ease any anxiety you might experience while working on writing assignments.
  • Going over a checklist of questions can make you think of all the details and make adjustments in your writing where necessary.

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