Student Writing @ CI

CI's Writing Guide provides an overview of the type of writing expectations you should expect in your major (the list includes Art, Biology, Communication, English, SRM, History, Sociology, Nursing, and more!).  You can also find samples of student writing.  Learn More by visiting Student Writing @ CI.

ENGL 299:  Editing Studio

The Editing Studio offered by CI's English program offers 1 credit, pass/no pass classes where students can focus on learning how to edit their own papers, learn grammar mechanics, and cite evidence.  Classes are limited to 7 students.  For more information or for a permission code to enroll, contact Kim Vose (

Writing Productivity Tools

Learn about free online tools (PDF, 325KB) that help you be a productive writer, whether it is for a class, a master's thesis, or your own personal writing.  

Grammarly by WMC Tutor Madeline Lanois:  Tutor Reviewer Review on Grammarly, an online grammar and spelling checker.

College Writing  

Argumentative Moves in Academic Writing:  

Technical and Science Writing Tips:  

Stanford Online: "Adventures in Writing"

Stanford University Online provides free graphic-novel style learning modules called "Adventures in Writing" that introduce students to college writing through two characters, Chris and Maya.  The modules are designed to help you learn contexts of college-level written communication skills on your own pace with five basic writing concepts:  

Academic Language, 
Purpose, Audience, and Context
Identifying Passive and Active Voice
Punctuation:  Signposts to Guide Readers
Argument:  Making and Supporting Claims

Each module includes interactive exercises that checks whether you can apply what you learned. 

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay
A great step-by-step site that offers advice on everything from topic selection to finishing touches.

Writing in the Arts and Sciences
A page of tips for students and a checklist for writing research papers in a large number of academic disciplines, provided by Marquette University.

Hamilton College Handouts
Provides handouts on how to write different kinds of essays in the writing resources.

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
Another interactive page that assists in the developmental stages of writing. It offers descriptions of various methods in creating effective writing strategies.

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.

ESL Resources

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

Education First:  Resources for Learning English

Guide for English Grammar, idioms, vocabular, and even tests for fluency level.

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 student of all levels.

Grammar Resources

"Twelve Common Errors" 

Check list of reminders while editing the paper and suggestions for working through the errors. Courtesy of the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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 along with 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. 

"That" vs. "Which"

This write-up will go over the right time to write “that” and the right time to write “which.” At the bottom of this page there is also a link to some practice exercises!

Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is more than a dictionary--it provides you with etymological (or history) of the word's usage.

Comprehensive Writing Resources

The Writing Lab at Purdue 
The nation's flagship electronic 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 and Multiliteracy Center at UNC, Chapel Hill
Excellent resource with handouts supporting all steps in the writing process, as well as information about writing and communicating 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 ranging from how to title your essay to how to paraphrase from a source and beyond!