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Resources for Writers
Need some help with a particular writing issue but don't have time for a tutoring appointment?
Or, maybe you'd like a refresher on the elements of academic writing?
Check out some of the below resources!
Writing Guides: Handouts
The following guides (with printable handouts at the bottom of each page) are overviews of specific writing issues that many writers often struggle with. The guides offer an overview of good practice, examples, templates and other types of writerly advice! They are not, however, intended to suggest that these are the only correct approaches to these academic genres and conventions; rather, we hope these will simply be a resource for writers who might be struggling with these aspects of writing.
- Developing Strong Thesis Statements
- Organizing Research Papers
- Introductions & Conclusions
- Evaluating Sources
- Writing Personal Statements & Application Essays
- Developing Cohesion
- Reverse Outlining
Writing Guides: Videos
Writing Application Materials: Statements of Purpose
The CWC recently collaborated with Career Services to offer two workshops on writing statements of purpose--one for students applying to medical schools and one for those applying to graduate school. Below, we have shared videos and transcripts of each presentation.
Health Careers Writing Workshop (January 19, 2021)
Presented by: Chelsea Rule of the Health Careers Advising Program and CWC Director & Assistant Director Kate Navickas and Zachary Grobe
Writing Personal Statements for Graduate School (November 4, 2020)
Presented by: Greg Foster, Pre-Law and Graduate School Advisor, and CWC Director & Assistant Director Kate Navickas and Zachary Grobe
"How-To" Research Videos
These video guides were made especially for first-year writing seminar (FWS) students at Cornell University, as we transitioned to online instruction in Spring 2020 (though, we expect others may find them a useful starting point for research, too!). The videos use the above handout on Evaluating Sources in order to discuss different types of sources, criteria for evaluating all sources, and the second video offers a demo of locating scholarly sources through the Cornell library and explains some of features of the library's website.
Evaluating Sources Video Guide (Part 1)
Locating Scholarly Sources in the Cornell Libraries Video Guide (Part 2)
Online Writing Resources
For citations and grammar, we often turn to the web. These are some of our favorite websites for writers:
- MLA in-text citations and works cited
- APA in-text citations and reference list
- Chicago Style notes and bibliography
- Grammar Check
Paid editors, tutors, and translators we trust:
Writing with sources:
- Cornell's Code of Academic Integrity
- Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorial
- Guide to Citation of Sources (APA and MLA)
Don't see a resource for a specific writing issue you're struggling with? Email Kate Navickas, WC Director. Kate and the tutors are always in the process of developing writing resources and revamping old ones, and they love suggestions!