Writing Resources for Students


Good writers take advantage of the resources available to them. Using the websites below will help you enhance your writing, correct your formatting, and understand the English language more clearly.



  • The Writing Lab at Purdue

 The most comprehensive online writing center. This site offers an unusually wide selection of handouts, exercises, and self-tutorials on topics including punctuation basics, resume writing, writing research papers, and documentation across academic disciplines.


  •  The University Writing Center at UNC, Chapel Hill

 Excellent resource with handouts supporting all steps in the writing process, as well as information about writing for different disciplines.


  • University of Manitoba Academic Learning Centre

 The University of Manitoba's website features a wide selection of handouts to assist with your writing. You can find many helpful handouts, on topics like how to title your essay, how to paraphrase from a source, etc.



  • Researching and Documenting Sources (from Purdue University)

Purdue's online guide offers useful information and advice as well as links to MLA and APA style guides.


  • CSUN's Oviatt Library Research Strategies Guide

A helpful collection of sites and tips on citation, avoiding plagiarism, and more.


  • The Bedford St. Martin's Sample Document Gallery

Sometimes the best way to understand the wonderful world of citation is to view a sample. This website offers you papers in MLA, APA, and Chicago; business and technical writing samples; and samples from the sciences.


  • Writing in the Arts and Sciences at Marquette

A page of tips for students and a checklist for writing research papers in a large number of academic disciplines.


  • One Look Dictionary

This website allows you to use several different dictionaries at the same time.


  • APA Tables and Figures from the Purdue OWL

You’ll find here guidelines and examples of how to present tables and figures in APA style.


  • Plagiarism Overview from the Purdue OWL

This page and related links offer an overview of the challenges of avoiding what is commonly called plagiarism or misuse of sources.


  • Hamilton College Handouts

 Provides handouts on how to write different kinds of essays.


  • Paradigm Online Writing Assistant

A page that assists in the developmental stages of writing. It offers descriptions of various methods in creating effective structures for essays.


  • University of Richmond Writing Center - Writer's Web

This site has detailed information on mechanics and other structural issues. It also provides in-depth looks at editing, analysis and writing across disciplines. 


  • Developing a Thesis Statement

The University of Wisconsin Madison’s website offers a step-by-step guide on how to identify your paper’s topic and build your thesis from your topic.


  • Developing a Thesis

This is another guide to writing a thesis from the Harvard Writing Center. Features extensive written instructions on everything to be considered before writing a thesis.


  • Guide to Writing a Basic Essay

A site offering step-by-step site advice on creating a basic essay, from topic selection to finishing touches.


  • The Grammar Slammer

This site provides a no-frills, yet extensive list of grammatical definitions and terms.


  • Grammar Bytes

This site offers a unique and refreshing look at grammatical concerns, with helpful illustrations and clear and concise explanations.


  • Grammar Girl

This website features a search function. For each grammatical topic (e.g. comma splice) there is a short write-up on suggested ways to fix an error, as well as an explanation on what makes the issue ungrammatical. 


  • Mt. SAC Writing Center

This website offers directed learning activities—PDF worksheets—to assist with building writing skills, such as using pronouns clearly, avoiding wordiness, and cutting down on passive voice.


  • Towson University’s Online Writing Support

See Towson University’s Online Writing Support for a collection of resources.


  • Useful English

This link provides in-depth explanations and quizzes for a variety of grammar topics.


  • Edufind

See Edufind for a collection of grammar/usage resources, including verbs, relative clauses, determiners (e.g., ‘the’) and punctuation.


  • Intensive English Program’s Online Writing Lab

This is a link to CSUN’s Intensive English Program’s OWL, which includes resources for Listening and Speaking, Reading and Writing (including Research Paper basics), Grammar, IELTS and TOEFL, and more.


  • Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab

This is a link to the Purdue OWL and its ESL resources, which are thorough, in-depth and user-friendly.


  • DeAnza College - Excellent ESL Websites$8

This is a link to DeAnza College, which has compiled a list of ESL websites that provide games, activities, and quizzes for students of all levels.


  • University of Minnesota - Module on articles (‘a/an’ vs. ‘the’)

This is a link to a series of short chapters that guide students on the difficult task of learning to use the articles ‘a/an, the, 0’ in English.

  • Useful English

This link provides in-depth explanations and quizzes for a variety of grammar topics.