Writing Centre and Academic Communications

The centre provides free, academic support for students, faculty, staff, and alumni.


We offer in-person, one-on-one tutoring, as well as workshops, in-class presentations, and online support.


What can the writing centre do for me?

Booked appointment hours, Room 115, Burke Building
    •    Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    •    Saturday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    •    Sunday, 11:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Drop-in hours
    •    Monday - Thursday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Room 115, Burke Building
    •    Monday - Thursday, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Atrium



New! Lab Report Style Guide: Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science and the Writing Centre and Academic Communications are pleased to announce the creation and publication of the Lab Report Style Guide: Faculty of Science

The Guide is available in hardcopy in the writing centre, as well as online as a downloadable pdf.

Special thank you to the hard work and contribution of the editorial committee for the Guide:

  • Dr. Roby Austin, Astronomy and Physics
  • Dr. David Dansereau, Biology
  • Dr. Jacob Hanley, Geology
  • Prof. Roxanne Richardson, Environmental Science
  • Dr. Kathy Singfield, Chemistry


 Look for the bright red cover in the Centre.


Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Academic Writing Awards!


Best Overall Undergraduate Paper - Alexandra van der Valk

Paper: “Source Expertise as a Factor of Social Influence: Examining Judgement Conformity, Decision Confidence, and Source Trust” (Psychology 4549, Honours Thesis)

Prize: $300.00, transcript notation, publication in Afficio


See all the award winners.



Now available >> 17th Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style

Hardcopies and electroniccopies are now available to purchase. A hard copy will be available in the writing centre shortly.
Among the changes and additions, a major change is with the use of ibid. Updates are in progress to the centre’s appropriate style guides; we will be in contact when these are available.
For further questions, please contact us or use the CMOS Q&A blog.



Writing Tips

The writing centre's writing centre, OWL Purdue

Free APA Style Tutorials

The Chicago Manual of Style Online - Submit a Question to the Style Q&A

Expanded help in citing social media in APA Style (Twitter, Facebook, and even Google+)

An excellent list of logical fallacies - An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments (Ali Almossawi) 

Why never to use wikipedia as a reliable source of information - Revenge, ego and the corruption of Wikipedia (Salon.com)

70 Useful Sentences for Academic Writing (ThinkELT.com)

Words to Eliminate from Your Vocabulary (BusinessInsider)


Comments from Students

"This service has been very beneficial to me, and I will recommend it to my fellow students at the EMBA program."

"I am in my 4th year, and this was my first experience with the writing centre. I think it might have been easier for my university writing career if I had come in [to the centre] sooner."

"I came in unsure of what exactly I needed. I was also unsure of the exact questions I should ask, but she steered me in the right direction and gave me pointers and tips that I was surprised to be given. Thank you!"



The Writing Centre
Rm 115, Burke Building,
Saint Mary's University,
923 Robie Street,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3

writing@smu.ca | 902-491-6202

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