For Students in ENVR E120

Information Compiled by Robert Burns, Teaching Assistant, ENV E-120

Academic and other resources are available to registered Extension School students. Pasted from the Extension School website below are listed some that may be of interest to students as refreshers for the term writing assignments. The website resources may be viewed directly at:

If you have any questions concerning these resources, please contact the resource or if problems arise, please contact your course teaching assistants.

Robert Burns,Teaching Assistant, ENVR E-120

Writing Center

Registered credit students at the Extension School, whether beginning or veteran writers, can meet with Writing Center tutors who will help them look critically at their writing. The Center does not provide proofreading or editing services; instead, students can discuss with tutors such writing topics as thesis, organization, focus, style, and format. Individual sessions last 50 minutes. Students may sign up by calling the Writing Center, (617) 495-4163. Since tutoring services are in high demand, students should make appointments in advance. No more than five appointments per student may be scheduled each term.

The Writing Center, located in Grossman Library, is open September 30 to January 9 in the fall and February 10 to May 15 in the spring. The Center's hours are Monday and Tuesday, 5-9 pm, and Wednesday and Thursday, 3-7 pm.


Grossman Library

Sever Hall
phone: (617) 495-4163
fax: (617) 495-9438

Grossman Library in Sever Hall is a reserve reading and study library available to all Extension School students. Although books may not be borrowed from this library, texts and articles that instructors place on reserve for their courses may be read and photocopied. The Library also has a small computer lab for registered students.

The Library is open from the first day of classes through the end of the final examination period during the fall and spring terms, according to the following schedule:


Monday through Thursday

10 am-10 pm

Friday, Saturday

10 am-6 pm


12 noon-8 pm


During school vacations, intersessions, and the summer, the library is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 6 pm. The library is closed on Harvard holidays.

Harvard Library System

Borrowing privileges and HOLLIS. Admitted Extension School degree and certificate candidates with Harvard University photo IDs have borrowing privileges at Widener, Hilles, Lamont, and Baker libraries. Admitted degree and certificate candidates also have access to electronic resources that are available on the Harvard Online Library Information System (HOLLIS).

Enrolled Extension School graduate-credit students, who are not admitted candidates but who need borrowing privileges at Widener Library, may purchase a special borrower's card for $100 per term from the Privileges Desk in Widener Library. Students must bring their Extension School registration confirmations when purchasing this card.

Phillips Reading Room. Enrolled Extension School students who are not degree or certificate candidates may request an access card for Phillips Reading Room, Widener Library, by presenting their registration confirmations at the Privileges Desk. This card allows unlimited use of the Reading Room for one semester. Students will not have access to the stacks, but they can request that materials be paged to a desk in the Reading Room. Photocopying of material may be done with the permission of Reading Room staff.

Limited access. Extension School students may purchase access cards to Baker Library, Harvard Business School, by presenting their registration confirmations.

At Countway Library in the Harvard Medical Area there are no borrowing privileges. Students who are not candidates must present their registration confirmations at the Library Privileges Desk, and they will be issued a pass good for that semester.

Library websites. For more information about Harvard's library system, including links to individual library websites, see

CARC Workshops

Academic Workshops

Fatal Sentence Flaws: Punctuation and Grammar Mistakes

Oct. 1, 3:30 pm

Basic Math: Decimals, Fractions, Percentages, and Rudimentary Algebra

Oct. 2, 5:30 pm

Basic Statistics

Oct. 3, 5:30 pm

Improving Reading Strategies (BSC)

Oct. 7, 5:30 pm

Navigating the Seas of Adult Student Life

Oct. 9, 5:30 pm

Writing Winning Paragraphs

Oct. 10, 5:30 pm

The Essay: Types and Organization

Oct. 15, 3:30 pm

Preparing for and Taking Exams (BSC)

Oct. 16, 5:30 pm

Writing Winning Arguments

Oct. 17, 5:30 pm

Introduction to Using Harvard's Libraries

Oct. 22, 3:30 pm

Taking Effective Notes (BSC)

Oct. 23, 5:30 pm

Using the Internet for Academic Research

Oct. 24, 5:30 pm

Speaking Up/Freeing Your Voice in Class (BSC)

Oct. 25, 3:30 pm

Thinking Clearly, Thinking Morally

Oct. 29, 5:30 pm

Getting the Main Point of Expository Texts (BSC)

Oct. 30, 3:30 pm

Stress Management (BSC)

Nov. 6, 3:30 pm

Writing with Sources

Nov. 7, 5:30 pm

Study Abroad Workshop

Study Abroad: The How-Tos and Why-Nots

Nov. 12, 3:30 pm

Graduate School Workshops

Preparing for the LSAT

Oct. 8, 3:30 pm

Preparing for the GMAT

Oct. 9, 3:30 pm

Preparing for the GRE

Oct. 10, 3:30 pm

Applying to Graduate School: Finding the Right School and Preparing to Be the Best Applicant

Oct. 21, 3:30 pm

An Insider's Guide to the Law School Experience

Oct. 29, 5:30 pm

Career Workshops

Job Search Strategies: Networking and More (OCS)

Nov. 4, 3:30 pm

Interviewing: How to Hire Your Next Employer (OCS)

Nov. 6, 5:30 pm

The Nuts and Bolts of Resumes and Cover Letters (OCS)

Nov. 13, 3:30 pm

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