These links connect to compilations of handouts and explanations that can aid writers and tutors alike. Have a grammar question? Need a brainstorming strategy? These pages provide guidelines for writers in any stage of the writing process and suggest approaches that can help tutors shape a productive writing conversation.
- The OWL at Purdue: The Purdue University Online Writing Lab is an excellent resource for a variety of writing needs concerning all stages of the writing process.
- UNC: The UNC Writing Center site offers a menu of helpful handouts, including general strategies for academic writing, guidelines for writing in different disciplines and styles, and tips for avoiding common grammar pitfalls.
- University of Toronto: This website offers readable instructions for each stage of the writing process – from planning and organizing to styling and editing.
- Marquette: The Marquette Writing Center offers expectations for writing in various arts and sciences.
- Brown: The Brown Writing Center provides resources in five areas: general resources, academic writing guides, non-academic writing links, tools for references, and links to other universities’ writing centers.
While the Writing Center is not an editing or proofreading service, we will work with you to improve your own editing and proofreading skills. We don’t simply correct errors for you –– we want you to become your own best proofreader.
Andrea Lunsford, an English professor at Stanford University, conducted a study to determine the 20 most common mistakes college students make in writing. Her list provides a succinct review of the rules and helpful examples of these common mistakes.
For in depth online assistance with grammar and punctuation questions, we recommend the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue.
We recommend the following resources for non-native speakers of English:
- Dave’s ESL Cafe, maintained by Dave Sperling, offers many instructional and helpful pages, including an idiom page.
- Purdue’s OWL provides a comprehensive list of online second language resources.
- APA documentation style
- Official Guide to the MLA documentation style
- MLA documentation style
RESOURCES FOR SPECIFIC WRITING PROJECTS
- Resume and Cover Letters
- Personal statement for graduate school in humanities
- General memo
A NOTE TO WRITERS AND TUTORS ON USING RESOURCES
These pages, and others listed in this site, are some of the hundreds of new and innovative materials available on the challenges of academic writing, peer editing, and review. You may find it helpful to read and discuss a handout in response to a grammar concern or to use a general questionnaire sheet to help with revision. But in the end, they are your tools, not the essence of your work. Above all, cultivate critical reading, and let these pages serve in support of that end.