Writing & Research Help

Writing and Grammar Assistance

The primary resource for obtaining help with writing is the University Writing Center.

The University Writing Center offers all members of the GW community – from the first-year college experience up through post-doctorate and faculty levels – opportunities to receive dedicated attention to their writing and research projects at all stages of the writing process.

  • Where: The University Writing Center has four satellite locations in addition to the main center at Gelman Library: Himmelfarb Library, Eckles Library on the Mount Vernon Campus, Innovation Hall at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus, and the Multicultural Student Services Center. See locations and hours.
  • Appointments: Although appointments are not required and drop-ins are welcome, the Writing Center recommends you reserve a time slot as their appointments fill up quickly. All writing consultations are free to all members of the GW community. Schedule an appointment.

Writing Resources

Research Consultations

Book a consultation with a research librarian for a one-on-one appointment, in person or via WebEx, to help you strategize and find the resources you need for projects, papers, presentations, articles, etc. Here are some examples of good times for a research consultation:

  • You have a research assignment, but you don’t know where to get started.
  • You have a research topic, but are struggling to find the resources you need.
  • Finding academic literature is new to you, and you would like an overview of the resources we have available.

Coding, Programming, Data, Statistical, and GIS Consultations

Book a consultation with a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist. Learn more about GIS assistance, including curricular support for instructors and workshops

Book a consultation for help with statistical analyses in C++, Excel, Java, MatLab, mySQL, Python, R, SAS, SPSS, SQL, STATA, and Tableau.

  • Statistical analysis using statistical computing packages
  • Quantitative sampling
  • Data preparation
  • Hypotheses testing

Book a consultation with our data services librarian for help organizing your data and preparing your data for long-term storage and sharing.

Book a consultation to research social media data or learn more about the Social Feed Manager.

Book a programming or software development consultation with a member of the Scholarly Technology Group, who can consult in the following areas:

  • Coding and scripting, including review and debugging
  • Selecting the best tools for what you need to do
  • Data cleaning and wrangling
  • Retrieving data from web sites and APIs
  • Full-text indexing
  • Data visualization
  • Programming languages
    • Python
    • Ruby
    • Java
    • Javascript
    • Bash shell scripting
  • Databases
    • MySQL
    • PostgreSQL
    • Lucene/Solr
  • Markup
    • HTML
    • XML
    • JSON
  • Other tools
    • Social media data
    • APIs
    • Web scraping

With the exception of statistical consulting, all appointments can be in-person or online via WebEx. Please provide your own device and software, as needed, for your consultation. You can find support for installing common software on our Academic Software & Technology page.

Please note that our consultants do not provide answers to homework problems. For assistance with assignments in computer science courses, students should get in touch with their professor or TA or attend the Computer Science Study Halls. Undergraduate and graduate students are limited to meeting with the statistical and software consultants once per week.