Resources for Writing

Personal Statements

Tips for writing scholarship essays

Some questions and exercises for getting started on scholarship essays from the University of Florida.

Sample scholarship essays.

Sample essays from students applying for graduate school in different majors.

Penn State's "Writing Personal Statements: A Handbook for Students Applying for Scholarships and Graduate School

Although this site focuses on personal statements for graduate study, the tips it offers can be applied more broadly. The tips are clear and useful.

Resources for Academic Writing

Sample Papers from Advanced Courses

Take a look at what writing might look like in your major when you are a senior (or a graduate student.) This site, hosted by the University of Michigan, collects a variety of papers from all majors.

Create a Timeline for Your Writing Assignments
Enter the due date and type of assignment and the “Assignment Calculator” will break down your work into steps to help you stay on track.

Understanding Plagiarism
Very clear guide to avoiding plagiarism on a site hosted by Accredited Schools Online.

Writing the Academic Paper

Accessible tips for getting started with college-level writing by the Institute for Writing & Rhetoric at Dartmouth University. Features include resources for multilingual writers, writing resumes, and writing in the sciences.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

This is the largest free online resource for writers. A good search engine helps you find help on specific topics. The site offers direct tips for a great range of academic writing topics, including help on MLA, APA, writing memos, literature reviews, and engineering.

The Oxford Learner’s Dictionary
Provides information on which words take articles. Help also on what prepositions to use. Has sample phrases and sentences to help writers check usage.

Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary Online
Another popular learner’s dictionary.