Writing Resources for Students


Writing Resources for Students

Listed below are links to authoritative websites on the mechanics and process of writing at a graduate school level. Please scroll below to explore these resources, which include APA style guides, help centers for students learning English as a second language, and tips on thesis development.

Comprehensive Sites

  • Purdue’s OWL (Online Writing Lab) – This is the grandfather site, known by many instructors and students. An extremely useful site for all aspects of the writing process.
  • San Jose State’s Writing Center - Handouts and video tutorials on a variety of topics.
  • Yale University’s Center for Teaching and Learning – A wide range of excellent tutorials.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Writing Center – Another set of excellent of tutorials.

Writing Skills


Essay Writing


What is an academic essay?

Understanding the assignment

Planning and organization

Thesis development



Analysis and Critical Thinking

Other Academic Writing

Literature reviews

Annotated bibliographies


  • Dave’s ESL Cafe – Student Help Center created by Dave Sperling. A help forum where students can ask grammar questions or post specific sentences to be corrected. It is moderated by composition teachers and other ESL students. The site is very active and the responses seem accurate.
  • Help Forum – English Page’s site is another very active help forum.
  • Lauri Fried’s ESL Links – A wide range of annotated links to quizzes and grammar lessons for ESL students.
  • Activities for ESL Students – Advanced grammar quizzes.
  • Purdue’s OWL ESL Resources

Online Tutors

Publishing Opportunities

LIS Publications Wiki (Library and Information Science) – Want to publish your writing? This wiki gathers information about publications you might want to write for — whether you want to reach your colleagues or your communities.

The Student Research Journal (SRJ) – The SRJ welcomes submissions of original research (primary and secondary), critical essays, academic book reviews, and evidence summaries covering theory, policy, application, or practice which advance intellectual inquiry in the field. The SRJ recommends these resources: