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History Department

History Writing Cooperative

UPDATE 3/20/20: In compliance with current campus COVID-19 regulations, the History Writing Cooperative is no longer offering face-to-face appointments this semester. However, we are now offering tutoring services in an on-line format. Please check below for instructions.

The History Writing Cooperative (HWC) is here to help students improve their historical researching and writing skills. We provide tutoring in a variety of related areas, including research methodology, finding and evaluating sources, proper citation, and tips specifically related to academic-level writing in the field of History. The HWC also offers editing services for draft papers, and provides advice on overcoming common stumbling blocks encountered by students.

Our goals
  1. To help you write a better paper, and...
  2. Therefore help you get a better grade.
  3. We also want to help you become a better writer, and...
  4. Help History majors become better historians.
Location and Hours

The HWC is located in Trinity Hall, Room 202 (physical office closed for Fall 2020).

Phone: 530-898-6058

Fall 2020 Hours:

Monday       10:00AM-3:00PM

Tuesday      12:00PM-5:00PM

Wednesday 12:00PM-5:00PM

Thursday     12:00PM-5:00PM

Friday          10:00AM-4:00PM

*all services provided via Email and Zoom

If you have any questions, please email us at

How to Use the HWC During the Covid-19 Campus Closure

The HWC tutors are available to help you with your History papers during the campus closure.
Here’s how to get their help:

  1. Send a copy of your paper to the HWC email address at :
    1. You may send it as an attachment in .doc, or .pdf format; 
    2. Or you may send a Google Drive link to your paper. If you send a link, be sure to give the HWC permission to edit your paper or they will not be able to help you.
  2. The HWC tutors require a minimum of 48 hours, not counting weekends and holidays, to get back to you with their feedback. If you are facing a deadline, be sure to get your paper to the HWC as far in advance of your deadline as possible. The HWC is not responsible for meeting your deadlines.
The HWC will make a log entry of your paper and any feedback provided. That entry will be accessible to your professors, so they will know whether you made use of the HWC's services.