Center For Writing Excellence

Center for Writing Excellence

Online Resources

The page provides links to some resources that can help you increase your writing expertise. You may scroll through the page or use the quick-jump links listed here:

Miami University's Online Reference Shelf

Miami University's Online Reference Shelf
A wealth of reference materials are just a click away: dictionaries, thesauri; style manuals, and much more.

Writing an Academic Paper

How to Write a Great Paper
Harvard University's Writing Tools offer advice on everything from reading the assignment to editing your finished draft.

Warning Signs of a Rushed Paper
Avoid glaring signs of haste by following this advice from the University of Richmond Writing Center.

Proofreading Your Papers
The University of Victoria, Canada, shares strategies for catching those elusive, embarrassing, and costly little mistakes.

Quoting and Documenting Sources

Quoting Sources
The University of Richmond’s Writing Center explains effective ways to incorporate quotations into your papers.

Four Major Documentation Styles
Bedford/St. Martin's Publishing Company provides detailed advice about using the APA, MLA, Chicago, and CBE documentation styles.

IEEE Computer Science Society Style Guide
This extensive guide provides detailed advice on many aspects of writing.

Grammar, Style, and Usage

Strunk's Elements of Style
A classic source of great advice and helpful examples.

Jack Lynch's Grammar and Style Guide
At this helpful site, you'll find many mysteries explained.

Confusing Words and Phrases
At this delightfully informative site, Paul Brian (Washington State University) sorts out many misused, misunderstood, and misspelled words and phrases.


What Plagiarism Is and How to Avoid It
This webpage created by Indiana University provides a clear explanations and sound advice for students. Of course, when you are in doubt about plagiarism, your best source of advice is the instructor for whom you are writing.

Writing in Technical and Scientific Fields

Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students
Virginia Tech, University of Illinois, University of Texas, and Georgia Tech pooled their knowledge to create this resource for you.

Writing Resources for Scientific and Technical Disciplines
The University of Minnesota provides detailed suggestions for preparing papers and presentations on scientific and technical topics.

Writing Resumes and Job Application Letters

Tips and Types of Resumes and Application Letters
In addition to valuable guidelines, this St. Cloud State site includes sample resumes and application letters.

Writing in the Job Search
In addition to valuable guidelines, this Purdue University site includes sample resumes and application letters.

English as a Second Language

English Usage for Non-native Speakers of English
The Writing Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute explains many helpful points.

Dave's ESL Café
Here you'll find helpful links for ESL students, including interactive pages and discussion lists.

Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students
Test your knowledge and get immediate feedback.

Online Writing Centers at Other Universities

The online writing centers at several universities offer advice on numerous topics, such as grammar, style, documentation, and research. Some walk you through planning, drafting, and revising academic papers. Some provide support for ESL students and discipline-specific writing strategies. Here are a few of the best.

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University

The Writing Center at Texas Tech University

St. Cloud State's Online Writing Center

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