Genres of Writing
- Academic Writing
- Purdue Online Writing Lab: General information on academic writing, considerations to make when writing for an academic audience, and brief discussions of argumentation, tone, and logic in writing.
- Academic Writing from USC Research Guides: Concise description, strategies, and types of academic writing for the Social Sciences.
- Brief introduction to APA style
- Email Etiquette in Academic Settings
- Professional or Business Writing
- Proposals and Fellowships
- Writing Proposals for ACLS Fellowship Competitions: A guide for understanding proposals as a genre of writing. Discusses audiences, significance, and possible strategies for structuring proposals. (From American Council of Learned Societies)
- Writing a Fellowship Proposal: General advice and tips. (From Yale Center for International and Professional Experience)
- Fellowship and Personal Statements: General advice with PDF of reflection questions to brainstorm content for essays. (From Amherst College)
Writing Academic Papers
- Writing the Introduction
- Writing the Thesis Statement
- Body Paragraphs
- Working with Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
- USC Library Lessons “Evaluating Your Sources”: Discusses general guidelines and best practices to evaluate the relevance, accuracy, and significance of secondary sources.
- APA Style Blog: This is the official blog companion to the APA Manual run and written by APA style experts. This is updated weekly.
- OWL Purdue APA Formatting and Style Guide: This website provides general guidelines. Good for on-the-go or quick guide needs.
- APA Style Website: Not as frequently updated as the APA Style Blog, but this is still a helpful source for quick answers about formatting and references. Includes tutorials for formatting manuscripts and basic APA guidelines.
- Paraphrasing: Helpful strategies for paraphrasing from the University of Saskatchewan, Graduate Writing Services.
- Writing the Lit Review
- Starting the Lit Review: infographic with additional sources
- Writing the Lit Review: infographic with additional sources
- Writing the Literature Review: The USC Library Research Guide on writing the Lit Review includes suggestions for organization, source selection, and source evaluation.
- Organizing the Lit Review: A possible approach for organizing your literature review. (From Boston College Libraries)
- 7 Ways to Survive the Lit Review: Advice and tips for graduate students writing the literature review. (From Gradhacker)
Grammar and Mechanics
- Modal Verbs: A guide on how to use auxiliary verbs, called modal verbs, to denote necessity, possibility, prediction, uncertainty, or suggestion. (From UNC Chapel Hill)
- Using Verb Tenses in Scientific Writing: Provides explanations for what verb tense to use in each section of the scientific paper. (From U of Melbourne)
- Improving Coherence with Signal Phrases and Transitional Words: Link your ideas more clearly and more effectively by using signal phrases and transitional words.
- Reverse Outlining: This self-editing tool helps to check for problems with organizational structure, thesis, and flow of your paper. (From Mt. San Antonio College Writing Center)
- Upgrade Your Verbs: An extensive list of academic verbs that you can use to replace “do,” “say,” “make,” and other vague verbs.
- Finesse and Polish: Helpful reminders when looking for sentence-level issues to polish your writing before submitting.