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Research, Reading, & Writing Studio

Research, Reading, & Writing Studio Hours

The Studio is staffed as follows, Week 2 to Week 10 of the quarter:

Monday - Thursday:      11:00 am-4:00 pm
Friday                               11:00 am-2:00 pm
Evening Sunday-Thursday:  7:00-9:00 pm

Outside these hours, ask questions about research, reading, and writing at the Reference Desk.
During finals week the Studio is staffed extended hours by librarians. 
The studio is not staffed during quarter breaks or the summer session.
The Studio participates in any all-campus closures including all-campus chapels, the Day of Common Learning, and holidays.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can the Studio help me?
The Studio will provide assistance in and strategies for research, reading, and writing including, but not limited to:
-Topic Selection
-Assignment decoding
-Addressing instructor feedback
-Searching for sources
-Evaluating sources
-Reading difficult texts
-Creating a thesis statement
-Organizing a paper
-Referencing and citing sources

Do I need an appointment? 
No. The Studio takes drop-ins anytime we are open. You're welcome to stay and write too--make yourself at home, write, and ask a studio assistant if you have a question about anything writing related.

Where is the Studio?
We're on the main floor of Ames Library, turn to your left as you enter and look for the round tables.

Who can use the Studio?
Any current SPU student--both undergraduate and graduate--is welcome to use the Studio.

What kind of papers do you help with? 
We can offer guidance on any paper you're working on for any class, whether WRI or HIST or BIO or SOC. We'll work alongside you to strengthen your thesis, support your claims, and cite your sources, whatever it is you're writing.

What do I need to bring when I come to the Studio?
Bring as much or as little as you like.  If you have a draft of your essay, bring that.  The assignment sheet and grading rubric can help the writing assistants understand your assignment. You might also want to bring any books or research materials you've been working with.

How can I contact the Studio?
Send us an email at

How are Studio Assistants chosen?
Studio Assistants are hired in the spring for a one-year renewable appointment beginning the following fall.  All Studio Assistants take a one-credit, year-long course while on staff (WRI 2930, "Methods for Writing Assistants").  If you are interested in becoming a Studio Assistant, contact Dr. Peter Wayne Moe, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Campus Writing, at