Student Writing Resources | Hartford Seminary

Student Writing Resources

Hartford Seminary offers all students the services of a Writing Consultant, at no charge to the student. The Writing Consultant, Emily Holcombe, helps students improve their command of written English, organize essays and research papers, and follow the rules for footnotes and bibliography. Submitted writing must be for current coursework at Hartford Seminary.

To make an appointment, please phone or text Emily at (860) 707-4585, and/or email, both to request appointments and to submit papers.  Emily can meet during the week by arrangement with individual students, in person or online; in addition, she has set office hours on campus every week, where she can meet in person or online:

Office Hours (Room 207, Student Meeting Room)        Thursday 2 – 4pm

Every other week, Emily also holds writing classes during this time, covering:

Organization Introductions & Conclusions Transitions
Verb Usage & Prepositions Quotations Sentence Structure

Please note that during inclement weather, Emily may not be on campus. Please call, email or text her on those days.

Emily prefers to receive papers by e-mail attachment, but is open to other arrangements. In addition to face-to-face meetings, Room 207 is now equipped with a computer and screen for online or off campus students to confer with Emily.

Please note that all papers must be submitted ahead of time in order to allow for editing and revision — both for Emily and you.


Master of Arts

Doctor of Ministry


Guidelines for Writing A Research Paper

First and foremost, students should follow the course guidelines, and consult the professor with any questions.

Sample Pages
Guidelines for Writing a Book Review

Guidelines for Research Conducted by Persons Affiliated with Hartford Seminary

Guidelines for Ministry Project Proposals
Final Report Manual Sample Pages
Log in to the Canvas research & writing site for the MS Word template for DMin project

Zotero is a research and citation manager. It can be installed on your computer to hold all of the full-text items you find, and citations for any books or print materials you are using. By syncing with the Zotero server, all of your research can also be available for you online. When the time comes to write your paper and insert citations and a bibliography, Zotero handles the correct citation format automatically for you.

If you want to attend a workshop on how to use Zotero, please contact Ann Crawford –

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