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Academic Essays

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Avoiding Plagiarism

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Citing/Documenting Your Sources

MLA (Modern Language Association)

APA (American Psychological Association)

Chicago/Turabian Style

Other Citation Styles

Critical Thinking, Reading, and Study Strategies


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ESL Learners

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Grammar and Usage

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Writing Techniques Handbook »

This handbook offers guidance for comma use, thesis statements, resumes, abstracts, and more.

University of Wisconsin, Madison
Writer's Handbook »

The Writer's Handbook helps in getting started with assignments like research papers, reviews, and literary analysis papers. There is also information about writing style, citations, grammar, and punctuation.

Rutgers University
Resources for Writers and Writing Instructors »

This page provides a list of websites and other resources for writers, most resources are annotated.

Interactive Grammar Review
Grammar Bytes! »

Grammar Bytes offers definitions of grammar terms, practice exercises, presentations, and quick grammar tips. This site is helpful for teachers and students.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Grammar Handbook »

This Handbook explains basic grammatical rules on parts of speech, clauses, sentences, and other common usage questions.

Capital Community College
Guide to Grammar & Writing »

This Guide answers common writing questions at many stages of writing. There are essay examples to complement discussions on thesis statements, tone, and conclusions.

Oxford Online Punctuation Guide
Guide to Grammar & Writing »

This Guide will help you with punctuation rules.

Literature Reviews

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The Writing Process

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Personal and Professional Writing

Academic Job Search Materials

Applications for both tenure-track and non-tenure-track academic jobs call for certain materials, such as cover letters, teaching statements, writing statements, and writing samples. Find resources, advice, and explanations related to these genres below.

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Purdue University Owl
Academic Cover Letters »

This page outlines the academic cover letter.

The Professor Is In Blog
Teaching Statement »

A former tenured professor gives advice to academic job applicants.

The Professor Is In Blog
Teaching Statement »

A former tenured professor gives advice on how best to organize and structure the teaching statement.

University of Michigan
Teaching Statement »

In-depth advice, guidelines, FAQs, and a rubric for evaluating teaching statements.

The Professor Is In Blog
Postdoc Applications »

A former tenured professor gives advice on how to create application materials for a postdoc position.

Chronicle of Higher Education
Writing Sample »

Advice on how to choose and edit the writing sample as well as the Teaching Statement.

Conference Presentations

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center

Conference Papers

This handout guides you through the process of preparing and writing a conference paper.

Colin Purrington
Designing conference posters 

This is a great guide on how to design your poster and make it stand out.


Better Posters

This site contains links and blog posts about creating better academic posters.

Funding Applications

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Journal Publications

What to Expect

Submitting an article for publication in a journal is often an exhausting but rewarding process. It is important to target a particular journal and tailor your work to it. If you submit to a peer reviewed journal, one or more people in your field will evaluate your article. This can add credibility to your work once it is published and provide you with valuable feedback. Peer review can be blind (the author remains unaware of the reviewer’s identity) or double blind (author and reviewer are unaware of the other’s identity). For many journals, a 40-60% rejection rate is standard, so do not be afraid to try several journals. A decision of “revise and resubmit" is even more common; try not to see that as a rejection, but as an invitation to improve your writing. (Acceptance rates are much higher after revision, so do revise in response to reviewers' feedback and resubmit your article.) Finally, expect the entire writing, submission, and revision process to be lengthy; it can sometimes take 2-3 years to be published.

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Higher Education Network
Writing for an academic journal: 10 tips »

10 extremely practical tips for writing journal articles (organizing, targeting, goal setting, etc.)

The Professor is In Blog
Journal Cover Letters »

A quick explanation of when and how to submit a cover letter with a journal publication

Résumés & CVs

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University of Kansas Career Center
Resumes and Cover Letters

Comprehensive resources and examples for writing professional résumés and cover letters.

Purdue University OWL
Workplace Writing »

This guide provides links to resources for workplace writers and people writing during the job search process.

University of Wisconsin - Madison Writing Center
CV Writing Tips

This guide provides an introduction to writing your CV, including information about resumes vs. CVs. 

Scholarship & Admissions Essays

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University of Kansas
Writing Scholarship Application Essays (Currently Undergoing Revisions)

This handout provides a sample outline for a scholarship essay.

Purdue University
The Personal Statement »

This page suggests questions for the pre-writing process to help you start writing a personal statement.

University of Oklahoma
Statement of Purpose »

This page describes the differences between a "Personal Statement" and a "Statement of Purpose." It also provides useful tips for writing the Statement of Purpose and pitfalls to avoid.

Writing in Your Courses


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